Stress is often coined the “silent killer” because stress affects people in different ways. It can cause an immediate response in the body such as an increase in heart rate, difficulty breathing, tense muscles, and the list goes on. Stress actually triggers our “fight or flight” response which can be a positive thing if you are in the woods being chased by a bear! That is a short lived response which helps us get out of danger. However, living in a prolonged state of fight or flight can create dis-ease in the body that sticks with us. Therefore, it becomes crucial to our short and long term well being to learn how to cope with everyday stressors as well as more disruptive ones.
“Keeping stress at a comfortable level seems to be the key to physical and mental well-being, albeit an elusive one. By understanding what we are experiencing when under pressure and learning relaxation techniques and new coping behaviors, we can manage our stress levels with greater efficiency, thereby avoiding both panic and the health-threatening effects of stress.. Since we are undergoing some kind of change twenty four hours a day, it’s wise to start identifying and expressing feelings (both physical and emotional) as a way to smooth out the jagged edges of stress. Developing this ability also serves as a buffer zone to the times when the changes in our lives take a radical turn--in any direction.” - Martin Cohen
At a time in our society where we are almost constantly plugged into technology we find higher and higher rates of stress induced health issues. Work is typically never far from our fingertips, social media, 24 hour access to news stories, and the like keeps the pressure on and at the ready. Many of us turn to binge watching Netflix, alcohol, or other less productive ways to deal with our stress which continues to what?? STRESS our bodies in different ways.
That is why I am passionate about helping people learn better ways to cope. As a part of that effort, Nancy and I have created our “Positive Reflections” series. Once per month I construct a guided meditation and you get to make one of two essential oil blends she has created, to help with a specific issue that many of us face. To launch our series we chose to start with reducing stress and increasing relaxation. If we are in a state of stress it’s hard to heal other areas of our lives and who wants to start the new year off that way?
So join us on the very first Thursday of our brand new year (January 3rd 2019) and kick it off with some new tools to help you reduce stress and increase relaxation! You deserve it. In a world that’s as fast paced as ours is, it’s a necessity.
Today is the last day to RSVP as space is limited! Click here to claim your seat.
Brandy Lance, CH.t
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