Improving Life, Improving Experience Issue 8, June 2012
Welcome to all new members of our stress-busting community!
With so many different approaches to health & wellbeing out there, it is often difficult to choose the right one for you. In fact, some things work for some people and you won't know what works for you until you try. Unfortunately, lack of information or cost of treatments prevents us from trying out everything that's on offer, which is why we may be missing out on something that would be of great benefit to us. As those of you who had a chance to attend our events know, we are a community group dedicated to giving people an opportunity to experience many different approaches to stress reduction so that they can find the ones that suit them best.
HOVE STRESSBUSTERS IN THE PARK:
The St. Ann's Wells Festival Special
We had a fantastic day at St Ann's Wells Gardens - lots of sunshine, music and positive vibes. It was great seeing so many people at our stall and being able to raise awareness of several different approaches to health and wellbeing. A big thank you to all the practitioners who were there to promote our group and provide free stress-busting treatments throughout the day: Pratiti Varela, Charlotte Watts, Penelope Zikic, Mala Nathan, Jo Sawyers, Jo Turner, John Moore, Nikola Goranovic and Maya Zack. Looking forward to seeing many new faces at our upcoming events!
Last month, in our continued commitment to helping reduce stress and improve wellbeing in our community, we started running regular weekly drop-in clinics and workshops. These low-cost drop-in sessions are an ideal opportunity to try out different techniques at a fraction of a cost of a regular session in order to find the ones that work for you.
Cost: £10 for a 20 minute 1:1 appointment (group activities & workshops are £5)
12th June - Stress & Wellbeing Clinic
NLP, Hypnotherapy, wingwave® Coaching, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology;
Sedona Method (group)
19th June - Business Wellbeing Clinic
Business Development & Coaching, Accountancy (tax, book-keeping etc.)
26th June - Stress & Wellbeing Clinic
Acupressure, Reflexology, NLP, Hypnotherapy, Thought Field Therapy®;
Mindful Eating (group)
3rd July - FREE Business Workshop: 'The Unique Selling Point'
Business Workshop for complementary practitioners and other self-employed individuals & business owners - Taking the stress out of doing the work you love!
Hove StressBusters Talks & Demonstrations
We had another wonderfully informative and interactive evening at the Cornerstone Community Centre. Pratiti Erine Varela our Acupuncturist was ill so Nikola Goranovic stepped in at the last minute and introduced us to the simple yet effective short-term coaching tool called Magic Words. Jo Turner's Mindfulness talk & workshop followed, succeeding in quieting our busy minds and bringing us to the present moment even if for a few seconds at a time... we'll definitely keep practicing! Thanks to everyone who came, contributing to the stimulating discussions throughout the evening. Hope Pratiti gets well soon and we're all looking forward to her talk later this year.
Magic Words - Changing the Perspective
Magic Words is a simple NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP)-based technique that can be used as a tool to reduce the hold that negative or stressful situations often have over us. During his entertaining talk, Nikola, an NLP Master Practitioner, Magic Words Trainer and Life Coach, showed us how to take that first step towards changing the perspective from which we view stressful things in our life. 'Fear', 'stress', 'failure', etc. are all essentially just words for naming emotions. 'Job', 'money', 'children', etc. are not words for describing emotions but they also tend to have emotions attached to them, often very stressful. But whichever type of word we are talking about, the emotion is never inseparable from the word itself and this is something we often disregard. Nikola showed us that by focusing on the word that signifies a stressful emotion and playing around with its' sensory qualities (font colour, size, design etc.), it is possible to experience such negative words as something independent from the emotion. Once we experience this change of perspective, we become more able to objectively view the situations that cause us stress and find effective solutions for them.
Introduction to Mindfulness for Stress & Relaxation
Most of our stress stems from the events that have already happened or from the unpleasant events that we anticipate; we are all so absorbed by those stressful past and future events that we are often not aware of or able to appreciate the present moment. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming fully aware of the present moment and what we are doing now non-judgementally and completely, rather than dwelling in the past or worrying about the future. During a Mindfulness meditation we observe everything that passes before our attention, but we do not get caught up in our thoughts - instead, we just stay aware of what is going on in the present moment, acknowledge our thoughts and then just let them pass by.
Joanne Turner, a Massage therapist and a qualified Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation instructor, has been teaching people how to reduce the level of stress in their lives by making Mindfulness a part of their everyday experience. During this workshop we practiced a Mindfulness meditation, using breath as an anchor point. However, Mindfulness is not just a meditation technique - it is a lifestyle, a technique that can be incorporated in any daily activity, whether it's eating, walking or washing the dishes. Our world is a very stressful place and although we cannot get rid of stress completely - it is an intrinsic part of our lives -, we can learn to cope with it and to alleviate some of the acute physical symptoms of stress (the 'fight or flight' reaction) by focusing our attention on the place of inner calm by practising Mindfulness on a daily basis.
BRASSICAS VEGETABLES This is the illustrious family aka cruciferous vegetables, that includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, collards, pak choi, horseradish and mustard leaves. They contain well-researched sulphur compounds called glucosinolates that help us detoxify and support immunity, including cancer prevention. These chemicals allow us to produce antioxidant enzymes in the liver that are both anti-inflammatory (key in the face of stress) and work over and over again long after eating these veg. Another sulphur compound indole-3-carbinol appears to lower oestrogen in women, thus helping to prevent the common stress-related ‘oestrogen dominance’ that is the most predominant form of modern PMS and associated with endometriosis, fibroids, depression and acne. These should be eaten cooked though or they can interfere with thyroid function – also lowered by stress.
Keep spreading the word: the more people get involved in our community group, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!