First established in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is observed every April. This is a time to increase awareness of stress and its affects on our lives. Stress is our body’s response to a threat or demand. Particularly during times of uncertainty, some common stress triggers can include our finances, jobs, relationships, or the illness of our own or a loved one.

We tend to think that all stress is negative or bad. But it does have some positives. Positive stress can help you have the energy to meet deadline, help you to stay focused, study for an upcoming exam or to win the sports game.

There are two common types of stress. Acute stress is a stress that is suffered over a short period of time. Stress is a state of mind which only becomes dangerous beyond certain point, when it is prolonged for an extended period of time. At that point, it may become chronic stress- the second type of stress. Chronic stress is dangerous as it can cause a number of health issues including:

  • Weakening the immune system
  • Affect the digestive/gut health
  • Increase your risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Raise your blood pressure

Stress like any other diseases of the body can be managed in several ways that can also help to clear the mind. We can manage stress in the following ways:

  • Use of essential oils (i.e. lavender)
  • Drink teas (i.e. chamomile)
  • Laugh: watch your favorite TV shows or comedies that make you laugh or spend time with you loved ones
  • Exercise: this helps in lowering the stress hormones, relaxes the body and helps you feel good and at peace
  • Breathing and relaxation: deep breathing lowers the heart rates and promotes relaxation. Engaging in relaxation like yoga, meditation and massages can also help the body release tension

Upcoming Classes

Jan
27
Wed
6:00 pm Virtual OPEN Pilates @ Zoom
Virtual OPEN Pilates @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
This mat-based exercise class uses slow and controlled movements to improve strength, stability, posture and flexibility. Please have a mat, comfortable clothes to move in, bare feet/exercise socks and a bottle of water near by!
Jan
29
Fri
12:00 pm Virtual OPEN Zumba Class @ Zoom
Virtual OPEN Zumba Class @ Zoom
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Join the Latin-inspired dance fitness party with moves such as merengue, salsa, cumbia and so much more!
2:00 pm FREE Workout Demo @ Zoom
FREE Workout Demo @ Zoom
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn about the history, benefits and a quick sampler on various exercise formats including Zumba, Pilates and Aerobics and more!
Feb
1
Mon
8:00 am Virtual OPEN Stretch & Release C... @ Zoom
Virtual OPEN Stretch & Release C... @ Zoom
Feb 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Through mindful breathing, dynamic stretches and foam roller exercises, learn various stretches and release techniques to help your body relax. Please be prepared to move in comfortable clothes, have a yoga mat/soft surface to work[...]
Feb
2
Tue
5:00 pm Virtual OPEN Ballet for Balance @ Zoom
Virtual OPEN Ballet for Balance @ Zoom
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This ballet-based dance exercise class, teaches basic ballet moves to improve posture, develop better balance and decrease your risk of falling. Please be prepared to move in comfortable clothing, wear ballet slippers/sneakers and a chair[...]

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