Making positive lifestyle changes requires courage, honesty, reflection, and the not-so-simple ability to be aware of the choices you make every hour of every day.
This Mindset Toolkit is meant to support the information and guidance you receive in the Mindset Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. The resources on this page will help you make lasting lifestyle changes that will decrease inflammation and enhance your immune system’s ability to fight disease.
A meta-analysis, consisting of a review of nine studies and 964 participants, and published in the journal Breast Cancer, found that MBSR shows a positive effect on psychological function and quality of life for breast cancer survivors.
A study by Thakar et al, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that chronic behavioral stress results in higher levels of tissue catecholamines, greater tumor burden and more invasive growth of ovarian carcinoma cells in a mouse model.
A study by Cole et al, published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, looked at the effect of the nervous system on cancer.
“I have made a sizable advance on assessing who in my life is toxic and who is not. Those who are toxic I remove from my life. Those who are nourishing I embrace…. I practice meditation almost daily. I stretch and do yoga several times a week. I take every opportunity to laugh out loud.”
“I think I needed the stress reduction sessions the most. I now have the ability to slow down, take some deep breaths. I feel I can better manage the stresses in my life, I am more at peace not only myself but also with those around me.”
“I’ve relaxed my iron grip on my life and given more thought to what’s happening in the moment. Finding ways to slow down and the justification for slowing down has been enormous. I appreciate the emphasis on consciously steering away from the busy mental state and enjoying ‘now.’”