Many of us will realise how physical and chemical problems can increase our risk of getting cancer but few of us realise that stress can also be a predisposing factor for cancer. In this extract from Xandria Williams’ Vital Signs for Cancer, she gives clear practical advice on how to diffuse our stress levels.
Dealing with, and defusing bad stress may be a lot easier than you think. If you are in a situation that you find enormously stressful, there are several things that you can do.
Learn to Relax
This may be easier said than done. However, it is important. Some people try to meditate. There are some simple techniques, such as EFT – The Emotional Freedom Technique – and Autogenic Training (see my book and website for more details) that can be done in just a few minutes each day and yet achieve excellent results. Most of my patients find that either or both are helpful. They are both worth exploring and you can do them on your own, at home, in your own time.
Your Own MOT
I often suggest that patients do some or all of the following exercises:
- List everything that you would like to do in your life, but aren’t doing at all or are not doing for enough of the time.
- List everything in your life that makes your heart sing. Then ask yourself: what percentage of your life is filled by these things?
- List all the things that you do that are tedious, boring, deadening or uninteresting. What percentage of your life is filled by these things?
- You have ten minutes to describe the life you would consider to be perfect. No restrictions. You can include things you already have or are doing as well as things you would like to have or to be doing.
- Imagine you could start your life over again. Go back to the start of your life. What things would you do differently?
Now go back to the first 2 lists and for each item that you would like to be doing, ask yourself:
- What could you do to make this possible?
- What stops you?
- What am I now willing to do to change?
Now work on the third list and ask yourself:
- Why do I keep doing what I don’t enjoy?
- Are these activities really essential?
- If they are, how could I make them more enjoyable?
- If they are not essential, what can I do to change them?
Now, number four. Beside each item, on a scale of one to ten, mark how much of each goal or desire you already have in your life. Look at the figure as a percentage of the total. Is that enough? You may be in for some surprises. There may be one or two things that you would like to change. . .
Now, let’s look at list five. What would you have done differently? You may think that it is too late to change, but no, you almost certainly can, at least to some degree and in some way – possibly one that you have not yet thought of.
For more information please visit Xandria’s website: www.xandriawilliams.co.uk
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