Relaxation and Stress
We know from listening to everyone at our Drop-In meetings that stress is one of the major issues following ICU - and this does not only apply to
ex-patients - it affects their loved ones just as much, if not more.
There are so many things to worry about - from health issues and recovery of strength and fitness - to work related problems and of course finance.
We recently held an evening of taster sessions of various alternative therapies that can help with stress. This was very popular and something we hope to repeat in the not too distant future.
MINDFULNESS is also recommended as a really useful tool for dealing with stress. Last summer we held an 8 week course which our members both enjoyed and found useful in helping them deal with the stresses they were facing.
Again this is something we plan to repeat in the future.
Yoga is a tremendous way to improve flexibility, aid breathing and counter stress to aid relaxation.
We are very grateful to Cheshire West & Chester Community Response Fund and the Westminster Foundation for awarding us a grant which allows us to offer an on-line Gentle Yoga class every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 11 am. on Zoom.
Patients, family and friends are all welcome to attend.
Lynn is a highly qualified teacher and has experience of working with people suffering from stress of various kinds, including PTSD which can affect patients following a stay in ICU.
Please contact us for log-in details.
Our Relaxation therapies originally planned for March will be rescheduled as soon as circumstances allow. We will then contact everyone who had booked a therapy.
Please use the Contact Us page to get in touch for more information.
ICU patients and family can experience flashbacks following critical illness.
Christina Jones, an ICUsteps trustee, talks about a simple psychological technique, called the Safe Place, to help patients and relatives cope with their flashbacks.
Click on the link below to watch her video.