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Wellness Wednesday: Don’t FIGHT stress

By Christopher | In Wellness | on April 2, 2019

…ease your way out of it. The first step in handling our stress situation might be to re-frame how we approach finding the solution. “Fighting stress” is kind of an oxymoron. When we’re stressed, our sympathetic nervous system is kicking in (ie. the stress response), putting us in “fight or flight mode” and giving us an extra boost of bear-wrestling, life-saving hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. The problem occurs when we are living in this state rather than experiencing it occasionally just to save ourselves from a tough situation. Chronic or prolonged periods of stress have all kinds of negative effects on the body, from aging to heart disease and more.

Since chronic stress is, in fact, our fighting system in over-drive, why add fuel to the fire? Instead of mentally framing a fight against stress, imagine seeing it for what it is, and trying to ease out of it. There are many mind-body practices that can help with this process, including Yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is offered at The Peak every Monday at 9am, in addition to a weekly 10am Meditation class and a range of Yoga classes. Check the online schedule for a complete listing.

“When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi may include:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improved mood
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Improved flexibility, balance and agility
  • Improved muscle strength and definition

More research is needed to determine the health benefits of tai chi. Some evidence indicates that tai chi may also help:

  • Enhance quality of sleep
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Improve joint pain
  • Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Improve overall well-being
  • Reduce risk of falls in older adults”

Audra Labert, Worksite Wellness Specialist, CWWPM,

Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200
Peak Health & Wellness Center, audra@peakclub.com

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