Ideas, Tips and Resources for managing your condition

Our Therapy Team have put together some self-help resources that we hope you will find useful in managing your condition.

Lymphoedema Advice

People are understandably worried about the implications for those who live with lymphoedema in the current Coronavirus situation.

Our colleagues over at the Lymphoedema Support Network have been working hard to reassure those with the condition.  Their experts assure us that in nearly all cases lymphoedema alone will not make you more susceptible to the virus and together with compression garment manufacturers have helped us to create some advice and suggestions which we hope will offer some assurance and guidance during these times.

Read their Covid-19 information sheet HERE.

They have also produced a number of self-management videos to help you – to watch them visit their website HERE.

Managing Breathlessness

We’re very grateful to the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care for the following resources:

Leaflet on Positions to Ease Breathlessness – click HERE to view.

Leaflet about Breathing Techniques for Clearing Sputum Effectively – click HERE to view.

Guidance on Breathing Exercises to Manage Breathlessness – click HERE to view.

Suggestions on Conserving Energy – click HERE to view.


Thank you also to the NHS University Hospitals Plymouth Physiotherapy Team who have produced this great short video on the Active Cycle Breathing Technique (ACBT).

Active Cycle Breathing Technique

Overall Wellbeing

When living with a long-term progressive illness or any difficult situation you may find yourself in, looking after yourself both physically and mentally are very important.

Whilst the current social distancing measures are in place, mental health and well-being become vital.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have put together some really useful guides on staying well when social distancing.

You can find their guides on their website HERE.

Mindfulness and Relaxation

It is always important to look after our well being and our own mental health, even more so at these particularly challenging times.  These short mindfulness and relaxation exercises aim at making you feel more centered or grounded, to enable you to pause from the constant stream of thoughts and emotions.  It is helpful in the moment but also over time, if you choose to use this on a daily basis, to build up your emotional resilience.

As with all mindfulness strategies, the aim is not to achieve a blank mind but to notice what is going on in our bodies and immediate environment. Noticing things for what they are, without judgement.  If thoughts pop into your head, that is completely normal.  That is what our brains do.  Just take this as an opportunity to be kind to yourself.  Notice the thoughts and then redirect your attention back to the present moment.

Listen to a short Relaxation Meditation session by Bridget, one of our Complementary Therapists.

Listen to a short Mindfulness session using our senses by Gwendoline, one of our Occupational Therapists.

Nature Calms: It’s a known fact that we all feel better out in nature wherever that is. Pause for five minutes and enjoy this short video, and connect with the restorative effect enjoying the natural world can have. You can replay this whenever you feel anxiety creeping up on yourself.  Maybe find a special plant or tree in you garden, or even one of your potted plants, and sit and really look at how beautiful the foliage, buds and flowers are, and how wonderfully your plant freely shares its radiance with you to make you feel better.

I hope you enjoy my view of nature.

Lesley Oates Complementary Therapist at St. Julia’s Hospice.

Calm Nature by Lesley Oates

Join our Complementary Therapist, Bridget and learn some simple self-massage techniques you can do at home on your shoulders, neck and head to release tension in the muscles and aid overall relaxation and wellbeing.

Self massage tutorial

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