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Lifting Your Spirits

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Lifting Your Spirits: Seven Tools for Coping with Illness

Lifting Your Spirits is a unique practical guide designed to help people coping with illness or disability. Drawing on the insights of those who have experienced the challenges of serious illness, it introduces seven simple tools to develop inner strength and enhance well-being on all levels. Each tool offers practical and inspiring ways of dealing with the physical and emotional upheaval and uncertainty which illness presents. Some focus on preparing for surgery and treatment, others on coping with pain, anxiety or depression.

The guide can be used by individuals for their own sustenance, or introduced into patient support groups, treatment and therapy centres, hospices, day centres and other healthcare services.

The beautifully illustrated book with audio tracks provide guided relaxation and meditation, short daily practices and positive thoughts which will literally ‘lift your spirits’.  The pack was launched in July 2008 – see Newsletter Nov 2008.  The second edition was printed in August 2009. This publication is also available as an ebook.

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“Help yourselves, your patients and families find some wonderful new coping skills.” Help the Hospices


Author: Jan Alcoe

Jan Alcoe is a clinical hypnotherapist, writer, publisher and facilitator in health and well-being, and is Training and Publishing Consultant to The Janki Foundation. She was one of the core group that designed and wrote the training programme Values in healthcare: a spiritual approach (The Janki Foundation for Global Health Care, 2004), a personal and team development programme for healthcare practitioners. The programme includes seven learning tools for addressing spiritual needs. While undergoing treatment for cancer, Jan used these tools for her own sustenance and self-healing. She was inspired to write Lifting Your Spirits because of the benefits she experienced and the lack of any guide of this kind for people who have been diagnosed with serious illness. She also draws on the insights of friends who shared their own stories of coping with illness, and of healthcare colleagues and practitioners who supported her on her journey. Jan now works therapeutically with people who have serious or chronic illness, and anxiety disorders.

Who is the book for?

People who are:

  • diagnosed with a serious physical illness
  • coping with pain or disability
  • undergoing difficult treatments
  • receiving palliative care
  • recovering from accident/trauma
  • experiencing or recovering from anxiety or depression

The materials can also benefit carers and healthcare practitioners by introducing tools for their self-care and support.

Articles and Reviews:

  • Journal of Holistic Healthcare Vol 5 Issue 2 May 2008 Find out more
  • MS Connect Magazine Vol 3 Issue 4 Oct/Nov 2008 (MS Society Scotland’s membership magazine) Find out more
  • ReMEmber (The Chronic Fatigue Society) September 2008 Newsletter Find out more
  • Gibraltar Chronicle Wednesday June 3rd, 2009 Find out more
  • Brussels Childbirth Trust Breast Cancer Article March 2010 Find out more


Content of the Book

A beautifully illustrated book with audio tracks provide guided relaxation and meditations, short daily practices and positive thoughts which will literally ‘lift your spirits’.

  • Illness and change
  • Illness and opportunity
  • How to use this guide
  • Tool 1 Meditation: discovering the power of peace
  • Tool 2 Visualisation: picturing good health
  • Tool 3 Appreciation: giving thanks
  • Tool 4 Creativity: learning to express ourselves
  • Tool 5 Listening: deepening our connection with others
  • Tool 6 Play: enjoying the benefits of fun and laughter
  • Tool 7 Reflection: making time for meeting ourselves >> sample pages
  • Going forwards


Illness can be a time when we are moved to express ourselves through writing painting or other creative pursuits. We can also discover a capacity to generate creative solutions to problems.” Page 24

Content of 2 CDs

The 19 tracks on the CDs comprise of guided relaxations and meditations, songs and poetry. These are an integral part of the book and are cross-referenced in the booklet. The audio tracks are also available as mp3s and a link to these can be found within the book.

How to purchase the Book

To buy the Book:

Lifting Your Spirits: Seven Tools for Coping with Illness, 2nd edition 2009.

Content: Book (52 pages) & two audio CDs with 19 tracks of guided relaxation, stories, poetry and song. The audio tracks are also available as mp3s online.


Printed book: £12.95 plus postage and packaging.

eBook: £10.36

Available for purchase: This Book is available for purchase at our publication partner's website


The ebook is delivered as an epub3 file, with audio files embedded, and can be read and listened to on different devices including  PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. If the file does not automatically open, you may need to download a free epub reader like CalibreAdobe Digital Editions.

For Kindle, you will need to convert the file to .mobi which can be easily done through Calibre, full instructions on how to do this will be sent after your purchase, please note audio files embedded in the book will not work on Kindle these will be sent as a separate link after purchase.

Printed book - the link for the audio tracks can be found within the book under the section 'How to use this guide'

LYS Cover - 2nd edition 2009
Printed Book & two audio CDs

Lifting Your Spirits

Available from Inspired Stillness £12.95 + P&P

LYS Cover - 2nd edition 2009
ePub eBook

Lifting Your Spirits

Available from Inspired Stillness (£10.36)

Appreciation: I feel grateful for just being here today
While feelings like anger, jealousy and simmering resentment can feed illness, feeling positive aids recovery and boosts the immune system. One of the most effective ways of lifting ourselves out of negative thinking is to actively appreciate the good in ourselves and our lives – Page 19

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