face many challenges. One of them is coping with the stress of treatment. Whenever we are
under stress, our bodies react with tense muscles, a rapid heart rate, elevated blood
pressure, fast breathing, and a tight belly. We also feel tense, apprehensive, irritated,
When facing new
treatment procedures, like chemotherapy and radiation, stress levels may rise and can then
aggravate some of the potential side effects of treatment such as nausea, fatigue, and low
energy. However, if you approach your treatment procedure in a relaxed state of body and
mind, you will lessen the likelihood of such side effects. You will create a sense of
control over your situation, and your emotional state will be more peaceful.
Learning to relax
is a simple process. The instructions you need are on the Undoing Stress
Track One of the program has a brief explanation of what stress does to us, and it is followed by a 15 minute
progressive muscle relaxation procedure.
Two of the program has only the relaxation procedure accompanied with peaceful background music.
To use the relaxation exercise,
set aside 20 minutes for yourself when you will not be interrupted. Find a comfortable
chair or recliner and listen to Track One. Just follow the relaxation instructions. Pay
close attention to how relaxed you can become.
Once you know what
it is like to relax with this procedure, continue to practice at least once a day.
You can use either Track One or Track Two with the music. Many people prefer to use
Track Two for their practice. The more you practice the more skilled you will become at relaxing
and the more quickly you will be able to relax.
go for a treatment, use your Undoing Stress program. You can create a music
CD of the instructions. Take it with you along with headphones
and a portable CD player. Listen to the it while in the waiting room and, if possible,
listen to it during your procedure. Follow the instructions, and you will become relaxed
and stay relaxed.
Practice Undoing Stress everyday and you will be speeding your recovery.