Getting a cancer diagnosis can have an enormous impact on a person’s mental health, causing major stress, anxiety, and depression. Over one-third of people treated for cancer in hospitals have a mental health condition, and the rate of major depressive disorders are three times higher in people living with cancer than that of the general population, according to Mental Health America. Children, teens, and young adults with cancer are at an even greater risk for depression and other conditions compared to adults with cancer.
Mindfulness and meditation have proven to be effective for people living with cancer to help improve their mental health. According to the National Institute of Health, here are some of the benefits gained from a regular practice of meditation and mindfulness:
To start off your meditation practice, try these tips from the National Institute of Health:
Gilda’s Club Westchester is currently offering a weekly meditation class on Mondays at 2pm, as well as a host of free support activities and resources for people of all ages living with cancer, as well as their family and friends. For more information and to register for events, workshops, and activities, please visit https://gcw.gnosishosting.net/Events/Calendar.