Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan. Contributed

Cancer Council brings relaxation workshops into homes

WE ALL know it's important to relax every once and a while, but many of us forget to.

However, according to Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan, this is a habit you might want to break, especially for those suffering or recovering from cancer.

"Many people affected by cancer have said that learning relaxation techniques have helped them manage stress and helped them cope with their experience,” Ms McMillan said.

Because of this, Cancer Council Queensland is hosting two Learning to Relax telephone workshops, the first on May 30, and the second on June 6.

The workshops will provide free relaxation tips to both cancer patients and their loved ones.

"We know how difficult the experience of cancer can be, not only for those diagnosed with cancer, but their carers, family and friends,” Ms McMillan said.

"Our Learning to Relax workshops are delivered by our experienced Cancer Counselling Services employees, who understand the psychological impacts of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Ms McMillan said a lot of research had gone into supporting the benefits of reducing anxiety through relaxation.

"Exploring stress responses and learning relaxation exercises can also be useful for managing challenges in daily life, regardless of age or situation,” she said.

This will be the first telephone workshop for the charity, despite holding many face-to-face workshops over the past two years.

The importance of the workshop by correspondence is high, as Ms McMillan believes people who aren't mobile or live in rural communities need these tools too.

"It's essential that Queenslanders affected by cancer receive the support they need, wherever they live in our state,” she said.

For those waning to register for the workshop, call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 or visit the website.

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