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May Newsletter


Gentle Approach to Cancer Association

Registered Charity No. 516775           Established 1983

May 2015                                     www.gentleapproach.org.uk

Use Your Imagination to Stay in Control

In the April Newsletter we talked about the poem “Look to this day” and how it could be used along with your own priming words to prepare yourself to have a good day.

The imagination can also be used to influence how you feel and behave in the day ahead.

To give you an example I have always found it difficult when going abroad to immediately get used to driving on the right hand side of the road.  So on one occasion I used my time on a flight to southern France to imagine driving on the right in a car with the steering wheel and gears etc., all on the left of the car.  I imagined turning left, turning right, going round roundabouts, parking, backing, etc., etc.  I imagined all this while imagining feeling calm, relaxed and confident.

And it worked.  When I got in the hired car and started driving it was as though I had been driving on the right for several days.

This method can be used to prepare for any day ahead, for an interview, for a hospital visit, for  keeping calm when all the family arrive or for just an  ordinary day ahead.  Essentially it enables you to act as you want to act while feeling as you want to feel. 

Just make a few notes of how you want to act and feel. Then find a quiet place, sit comfortably, close your eyes and spend a little time relaxing your muscles.  Then imagine yourself going through the day ahead acting as you want to act while feeling as you want to feel.

Parcevall Hall

The Gentle Approach to Cancer organises 2 day therapeutic, healing sessions at Parcevall Hall,      which is a beautiful old country house near Skipton.  The next one is on Friday  2nd  to Sunday 4th October 2015.  Application Forms are on the Library Stall

Today’s Afternoon Session

Gentle Yoga


Deborah Hopkinson

10 Commandments for a Stress Free Life.

The following commandments were offered to clergymen at a conference in North Yorkshire in April 2002.

1. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.

2. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try.

3. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done.

4. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin

5. Thou shalt learn to say no.

6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and thy supportive network.

7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly,

8. Thou shalt be boring, inelegant, untidy and unattractive at times.

9. Thou shalt not feel guilty.

10. Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy.

Submitted by Val Owen

Bathing with Lavender Oil may improve well-being.

A daily bath with lavender oil could help improve your mood, reduce aggression and give you a much more positive outlook. 

A study, reported in Complementary Therapies In Medicine asked 40 randomly chosen women to take daily baths, adding 3 ml of either 100% grape seed oil, or 80% grape seed oil and 20% lavender oil for 14 days.  The participants then answered questions on their mood immediately after the first and last bath.  The second part of the study required them to answer questions about their outlook on future events.

The results suggested that bathing in itself, without the use of lavender oil, produced significant improvements in mood and helped to reduce tension.

However those taking baths with lavender oil had a significant reduction in aggressive feelings when compared to those not using the oil.  Those using the lavender oil were also more positive about future events.


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