With the lockdown in place, the world is a very strange and quite stressful environment at the moment for a lot of people.

Our complementary therapy team are still working remotely, supporting patients and their families in West Cumbria.

Senior Complementary Therapist, Claire Jenkinson, has developed some useful advice and coping methods that can be used by anybody to help them cope with stress at any time

The documents below include helpful tips on stress relief and breathing techniques. Please click on the images to open and use these useful guides:

And breathe: Insights and techniques to help us stay grounded in these testing times. 

Wellbeing basics: A basic guide to wellbeing with suggestions to try at home.

Stockpiling our fears: Even simple breath work can help us feel calm and more about to cope: this short article explains how. 

The art of self-care: An introduction to self-care with simple self-massage suggestions to try at home. 

Claire has been with Hospice at Home West Cumbria for seven years and was recently awarded the Diploma in Adapting Complementary Therapies for Cancer and Supportive Care from The Christie in Manchester.

Although at this time she is working remotely, as part of the Family & Bereavement Support team, her work usually involves travelling across West Cumbria and visiting palliative patients in their homes, nursing homes and the Loweswater Suite at West Cumberland Hospital.

Claire says “Specialist complementary therapies can help patients cope with some of the physical symptoms and side effects that they may face such as pain, nausea, fatigue and breathlessness, as well as alleviating anxiety and tension, promoting improved sleep and ability to cope.”

Last year Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s complementary therapists gave 569 treatments to local people with a life limiting condition and their loved ones.