Busters From Different Perspectives
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important first step to adapting to stressors in our lives is
to learn to recognize them. Here is a useful exercise for identifying
stressors in your life. First, list the following categories:
change, chemical, commuting, disease, emotional, environmental,
family, pain, phobias, physical, social and work. Beside eac,
list specific stressors that affect you. Once you identify the
stressors, it is easier to do something about them. Next, beside
each of your personal stressors, list possible solutions. You'll
be surprised, when you look at your stressors objectively, at
how many solutions you can come up with. Pick some of the most
powerful ones in your life and make a commitment to follow through.
For example, a common physical stressor is sleep deprivation.
A solution may be to promise yourself to make it a priority to
go to bed one hour earlier every single night. See how much better
you feel after 2 weeks and how differently you can cope with life's
ups and downs.
can help to protect your body with a few nutritional tools. Since
the physiological effects of poorly managed stressors are widespread
most nutrients are involved, so a highly nutrient dense diet from
whole, unprocessed foods without additives is very important.
A B-complex, especially vitamins B6, B5 and B12, vitamin C and
folic acid are important for supporting the adrenal glands which
make additional cortisone and epinephrine under stress. The antioxidants
like beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium are also
depleted and are needed to protect cells and immunity. Calcium
and magnesium are important for supporting the nervous system
and to aid in relaxation.
Galvin, Bsc,ND can be reached at Fredericton Clinic of Naturopathic
is far wiser and more productive to manage stress when it occurs
than to attempt to deal with its byproducts after stress and tension
has hindered a full and productive life. Yoga teaches stress management
through breath, body and mind control. These are invaluable resources
in a busy and productive life, and they can be used right at the
moment when stress arises.
is a great antidote for a stressful lifestyle. The less we tic-toc
between extremes the more balanced and fulfilled our life can
be. Yogic breath is the ideal way to maintain the balance both
after and during work. We breathe all day yet it is only when
we focus our attention on the breath that we truly "breathe".
Focusing on the breath at different times during the day and adjusting
that breath to the circumstances can have a major impact on our
performance and enjoyment of life. As well as the physical stress
relief, Yoga offers a different mental perspective on stress management.
When we are able to see our world with a clearer perspective,
many stress causing situation evaporate.
perceptions of events usually polarize things into good and bad,
right and wrong, pleasure and pain. This is how stress is caused.
The more we learn to see things with a broader mind, the more
stabilized we are when we find ourselves in the eye of a storm,
and the less stress affects us, the more we stay on track. If
you can breath you can do yoga. Yoga is not about flexibility
or what you can or cannot do. Yoga is about awareness and the
mind-set you bring to life. Poses are intended for the exploration
of the body, and our capacity to do each pose varies widely given
our body type, strength and age.
Walker will offer a one day "Yoga & Life - Perfect Balance"
workshop in Charlottetown December 2, 2000. Register on line at
www.walkerinternational.com or call Michelle Burns.
Burns is a Yoga Teacher in Charlottetown and can be reached at
5:45 am, a time when most of us would still be snuggled in our
beds, but Cheryl Stead is up and getting ready to go to the gym.
It's something she's been doing longer than she can remember...(She's
48 years old and believes she started exercising in her early
twenties). By the time the clock hits 6:30, she's at the Atlantic
Fitness Centre in downtown Charlottetown. She does aerobics on
Tuesday and Thursday and weights on the other days. She says,
"I work out for an hour or an hour-fifteen max, then I shower
and go directly to work."
works at the PEI Legislative Assembly, running the office, and
keeping track of things like the 3 million dollar budget, staff
pay cheques, and schedules. She says, "working out, makes
me feel great at work, if I don't go, than I start feeling really
sleepy by 3:00 pm." She feels her dedication to the gym is
partially because of onery stubbornness but also because, "it
really gives me a sense of well being".
Stead also rarely gets stressed out. Although, many of us may
not be able to get up at 5:30 am like Cheryl, Wyatt Inman says
even a bit of exercise does a lot of good. He says: "begin
with two or three fifteen minute walks a week and then slowly
build up the speed of your walk and the length of time you spend
doing it." He says going on three different fifteen minute
walks a day is just as valuable as one longer one. "The small
cumulative amounts still equal forty-five minutes of exercise".
Cheryl Stead finds her biggest motivator is not vanity but wellness
and taking control of her own health. She says people need to
experiment and find something they really like and will stick
to for the long-term.
Meader is a certified Fitness Instructor and Education Chair for
the Island Fitness Council. The Island Fitness Council is a voluntary
body which oversees fitness professionals and promotes certification
and education of people working as fitness leaders in PEI. She
can be reached at the Atlantic Fitness Centre, 368-3622.
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