People who are going through a diagnosis of or treatment for illness or injury often report they struggle to relax. You might feel your body is restless or you struggle to sit still. You might find your mind feels like it’s in overdrive and that you are finding it hard to “switch off.” This is a normal reaction and there are ways to manage this that can help you feel better in time.

Life has always been a struggle. Ever since the first living creatures came into existence, survival has meant struggle. Whether we are worrying about emotional, economic or health problems, life can seem a never-ending treadmill of trouble. At times it feels as if it is impossible to cope with all the demands, pressures and problems that are around, and this can make it hard for us to relax.

Relaxing everyday activities, for example:

  • Physical exercise
  • Reading
  • Listen to music
  • Watching TV
  • Go to the cinema
  • Do something creative
  • Visiting friends or relatives
  • Have a bath

Further reading

Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman