They say that laughter is the best medicine and while we wouldn’t advocate this as a sole treatment for mesothelioma, it could be beneficial to patients.
Laughing can help both physically and emotionally and whilst it may be difficult to find something to laugh about following a diagnosis of mesothelioma, it can assist in lighting mood and resolving anxiety.
Physically, a good laughing session can a relax the body, relieving tension and stress for up to 45 minutes. This in turn decreases the level of stress hormone in the body which in turn increases the immune cells and antibodies, boosting the immune system which is vital for those battling mesothelioma.
Laughter has also been said to help with pain. Although it does not reduce the level of pain, laughing helps a sufferer be less concerned about the pain they have, reducing perceived pain.
A diagnosis of an asbestos disease, particularly mesothelioma, does not go hand in hand with laughter but there are ways to bring laughter into your life, such as reading a funny book, watching a comedian or reminiscing with friends about humorous anecdotes.
Many people are also finding laughter yoga to be helpful. This is a form of laughter therapy which combines laughter and yoga breathing techniques. The great thing about this is, that it can be done anywhere and you don’t need any expensive equipment.
Not only is laughter thought to be physically beneficial, if done with other people it can help strengthen bonds and lift spirits, something that any family affected by mesothelioma is likely to find useful.
Whether you are a patient, a caregiver, family or friend, laughing could help in the fight against mesothelioma and its devastating affects.
If you require assistance in pursuing a mesothelioma claim or believe you have a valid asbestos claim for any other condition please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.