Stress relief techniques help cancer patients overcome fear of treatment

‘Stress relief techniques help cancer patients overcome fear of treatment’, http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=152746&CultureCode=en, RCNi, AlphaGalileo (14 May 2015).

Techniques

Complementary therapies helped participants avoid negative feelings, such as loneliness, fear or exhaustion, the study found. (…) The most commonly used stress management techniques deployed were: tightening and releasing stress balls in time with four slow breaths; redirecting the ‘fight or flight’ response by tightening and releasing groups of muscles combined with slow comfortable breaths, and taking a sip of water and holding it on the tongue for ten seconds before swallowing, repeating the process three times.