Is There any Upside of Stress? What Are Your Best Tips for Nipping it in The Bud?

DR. DEBORAH SANDELLA, A PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND THE AUTHOR Of GOODBYEE

Hurt & Pain: 7 Simple steps to HeaitH, love and success (CONARI PRESS, 2016), RESPONDS: Life is filled with stress. Every time we stretch out of our comfort zone to accomplish desirable goals, like raising children, performing at a higher level, healing from an illness, attracting a relationship or making up after a fight, we feel stress. While stress is part of life, you don’t have to sacrifice your body or energy; instead, you can insert well-being into stressful moments. Read on for my quick tips to create daily refreshment for your mind and body, no matter the time of day.

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TAKE A LAUGH BREAK

Watch a short funny video, read the cartoon section of the newspaper, or ask the office clown to make you laugh. Laughter releases endorphins!

JUST DANCE

Close the door to your office or bedroom, put on music you love, and move freely to the rhythm for one song. When your body moves with the rhythm, your “thinking brain” takes a rest.

GO FOR A SHORT WALK

Even a few minutes of walking outdoors relaxes your mind and gets you out of your “box.”

MEDITATE

It gives your brain time to organically reorganize itself without you even thinking about it. Try guided imagery, specific breathing exercises or listening to meditative music.

SPOTLIGHT

Conference of Pilates Research

WHAT: Together with the Unit of Anatomy at the University of Alcala de Henares (UAH), in Madrid, Spain, Professor Juan Bosco Calvo, MD, PHD, organized the three-day conference to discuss and evaluate carefully vetted Pilates-related studies. More than 70 people, many of them scientists, gathered from Spain, Portugal and Italy for the Congress.

HIGHLIGHTS: UAH presented the first-ever electromyographic map of the fundamental and intermediate matwork. (They’re currently working on one for the apparatus exercises.) “We identified similar patterns of different exercises (for example, Quadruped and Leg Pull Front; Rolling like a Ball and Roll Over), and we can put the focus on the differences and similarities in the motor control, and intensities of muscles activation, how and when they enter fatigue,” explains Dr. Calvo, who led the team of researchers at UAH. The end goal, says Dr. Calvo, is to help Pilates teachers design the best program for each specific client.

CONCLUSIONS

After reviewing 18 studies, the Congress confirmed that Pilates is scientifically proven to: improve flexibility of the spine and alleviate back pain; work wonders for pre/postnatal patients—reducing discomfort, improving delivery, strengthening the pelvic floor; alleviate urinary incontinence; treat the locomotor system (back, neck, hips, knees, shoulders, etc.), as well as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and postural issues; and enhance the performance of athletes. When it comes to rehab, exercises on the apparatus, as opposed to the mat, reign supreme.

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