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Mind-body therapies are based on the belief that what we think and feel can affect our well-being.
Below are some of the most popular mind-body complementary therapies used by people with cancer in the UK.
- Relaxation can help reduce anxiety and stress.
- Visualisation may help to improve mood or reduce symptoms and side effects.
- Meditation can help reduce feelings of fear, pain, anxiety and depression.
- Hypnotherapy may help you to make positive lifestyle changes and encourage positive emotions, such as calmness and relaxation.
- Art therapy helps you become more aware of, and let go of, difficult feelings.
- Music therapy can help you to express your feelings and may help to relieve symptoms of pain.
You can practice these therapies at home, as part of a group or one-to-one with a therapist. Many conventional cancer treatment centres provide mind-body therapies.