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The dirty word “Stress”


By: Donna Byrne

eastmeetswest_yogaIn a world that doesn’t rest and the dirty word “Stress” is now a part of everyday language, I have been increasingly interested in understanding what stress is and what it does to our bodies, social and family lives and its relationship to our quality of life in general. As I look around for answers I always come away with more questions. As I have mentioned in previous articles we no longer need to run from wild animals needing the quick stress response to survive.  In spite of this we now seem to live in a constant state of stress. What is that doing to us? What continues to be striking to me is the response to sessions in Magnesphere Therapy. Most people leave the session feeling so relaxed and sleep so well that night that I am even more curious about the effects of this Magnetic Resonance as well as other forms of relaxation therapy. I am convinced we need to pay close attention to learning to relax so that our bodies can do their job, be strong and healthy and when necessary fight off invasions by viruses, bacteria, injury, emotional insults and relationship difficulties.

I used to think that if I needed to exercise it had to be strenuous…things like boot camp, interval training, circuit training, weight training and on and on. After all I was busy and had to squeeze exercise into my schedule because it is important for our health. In the past few years I have been introduced to Yoga. I must say that I was resistant thinking it was not enough of a workout and if time was an issue I would take the tough route. Now I do believe we have to do both and divide time between workouts. I am not a Yoga expert and am only just beginning to appreciate its merits but one that is most striking to me is the relaxation effect it has. Consistent with the theme of needing to relax, this may be a way for some to do so. I travelled in India for a month and one part of my stay was in a small town called Rishikesh. It is a town in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh became famous in our western world when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram. This is now closed but the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Many tourists visit there to learn yoga. Several sunrise sessions with a 96 year old guru had me convinced that there is something to this worth exploring.

I am not sure if it was the Yoga itself or the enjoyment of feeling relaxed or both that captured my interest. I think it is a combination of knowing that we need to slow down to relax, my continuing to notice the relationship between stress and disease in my practice and the awareness of healthy behaviors in those who seem less stressed. Clearly, those who are usually relaxed cope so much better with life events. What other ways can people learn to relax? Different relaxation methods work for different people. The key is to identify your stress level, decide if you like how stress feels and if you decide you don’t like it, do something about it.  I will continue my quest for answers to the stress and relaxation questions and talk about different modalities to manage stress. In the meantime if you have identified that you feel stressed try to identify what’s eating you and making you feel stressed and then you may be off to a good start……Next find the stress release that works for you and go for it!!!


Comments, ideas, suggestions are welcome.

Share your stress stories and tell me what helps you relax.

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