Making positive change requires courage, honesty and reflection. What works for you is unique and requires individual exploration.
If you are enrolled in an Anticancer Lifestyle Program, we will help you work to develop a mindset that will support healthy choices and change. Through discussion, activities and instruction, you will gain new skills that will enable you to focus more on positive thinking, feelings and actions that can transform how you view your life. Instruction will focus on: Understanding what fosters sustained changes in behavior; ways to take an honest look at the choices you currently make; how to set visionary goals; ways to identify the things that are truly important and remain accountable for them; and ways to take advantage of the power of your connection with others.
Faculty will help you establish a clear, achievable action plan to make the changes you’d like to see. You will be given many opportunities to try different techniques—such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, Qigong, T’ai Chi, and others—so you can find what works best for you.
An increasing number of studies link greater health and well-being to the practice of mindfulness. Quite simply, mindfulness is “being present” with full attention and interest. Through the practice of mindfulness, we become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, less taken over by them, and better able to manage our responses to them. As we become better able to manage our reactions to life events, we increase the possibility for profound, life-sustaining change.
The widely-respected teacher and author Joseph Goldstein discusses Buddhist philosophy and how to harness it to create a healthy mindset.
A randomized, controlled trial of 166 women with breast cancer revealed that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) produced significant improvement in psychological symptoms, as well as improved immune response.
Dave Potter is a certified MBSR instructor and retired psychotherapist.
A randomized controlled study showed that three months post-treatment, breast cancer survivors who practiced yoga twice weekly experienced 23% fewer cognitive problems than the control group.
Breast cancer survivors who enrolled in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course showed significant improvements in depression, distress, symptom burden, and overall mental health.