health

Too Busy to Relax?

massage-300x200by Jeanne Mancinelli, RN, LMT

Busy-ness is the trend these days. People carry over-packed schedules like winning trophies. I’m SO busy at work! How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun. I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!

Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.

When do you relax? RELAX. “Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here, I’ve compiled some options for you.

re·lax  verb \ri-ˈlaks\

1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.

2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself

3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.

4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.

5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.

More importantly, what does relaxation mean to you? 

If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at Calgon commercials and spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs. But here’s the beauty: You can make your own definition of relaxation.

It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work or home jobs?

Then, make time for that. 

You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.

Need someone to give you a reason? Want permission?

August 15 is National Day of Relaxation. Yes, it’s a thing! And it’s just begging for celebration.

Here are some ideas:

  • Spend part of the day alone.
  • Spend part of the day with your family, doing ONLY fun stuff.
  • Meditate
  • Devote time to your hobby.
  • Sleep in. Or get up extra early. Whichever excites you!
  • Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day.
  • Schedule a massage! (My personal favorite.)

Call Jeanne Mancinelli LMT to schedule 610-393-9676.

If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.

Taking care of you is important. And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you. So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!

 

How to Get Better Sleep…

Many experts are now recognizing that sleep is as important to a healthy life, if not more so, than exercise or the food that we eat. And yet we live in a world where many squeeze more and more into their day while minimizing the value of a good night’s rest.

Discounting the importance of sleep is one aspect of the problem, denial is sweet.  Another equally disturbing trend is that many find it difficult to get good quality sleep even though they make the time for it.  Lying in bed with your eyes open feeling anxious about not sleeping is stressful, to say the least.

The good news is that there are many lifestyle factors that can be addressed to turn this around.  And the solutions differ based upon the habits of the person suffering with the problem.  For some, excess stimulation (e.g. violent TV shows) before going to bed is an issue.  For others, irregular sleep hours are a contributor. Food and/or beverage consumption may be a problem for others.  Stress reduction, however, plays a key role for almost everyone.

Stress and worry excite our mind. Despite the fatigue in the body, our mind and brain under stress does not fall asleep easily or stay asleep.  You’d have to be living under a rock to not recognize that the world is in a state of chronic stress.  Releasing the pressure of a stress filled day is key to better sleep.

A particularly valuable tool to quiet the mind and reduce stress and worry is meditation.  With the practice of Effortless Meditation™, we directly experience and know calm and mental stillness.  When we establish the platform of deep relaxation and stillness in our lives, we can more effectively address other actions that will further promote a healthy night’s rest.

Many possibilities open up for us when our mind is still.  Bring your brain and mind to stillness every day and better sleep will come more effortlessly.

Greg Schweitzer, a meditation teacher for more than 35 years, teaches at Twin Ponds Center Integrative Health Center in Breinigsville, PA.

 

Food & Lifestyle Coaching = Health

A lousy day on the golf course made Pete realize how much pressure he was under at work and at home, but it took a lousy day on the golf course for him to finally realize that he better take a good look at his life and make some changes.  He was stuck and had no idea what to do. He knew his weight was up, his cholesterol, and blood pressure were too high, he wasn’t getting enough sleep, and his wife wasn’t happy with him.

He had no clue what to do or where to start. He didn’t want to take medications. He was afraid!  He had no idea what his possibilities were!

One day when he was at the supermarket, he saw a magazine about complementary and alternative health services.  He had no idea what it was all about, but he was desperate enough to pick it up and read through it.  Most of the services he had never heard of – funny names like Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, and Ayurvedic.

The more Pete read, the more interested he became. Most of the magazine had to do with the benefits these services provided.  It was hard for him to get his brain around this way of thinking, but he was desperate and kept investigating these new concepts that restored health in a natural way.

One ad caught Pete’s attention. It had to do with Wellness Coaching. He called the number listed and got answers to all his questions. There were so many possibilities!  He now felt hope for a healthy future!

The Coaching helped him realize that he needed to learn to be aware of what he ate, how he ate it, and to be responsible for his health on many different levels.  He called his wife all excited because he signed them up for a “food preparation” class.  That was a start – something for them to do together to improve both their health.

Pete continued with his “wellness journey.”  With the Wellness Coach and other practitioners, he addressed his diet and eating habits, sleep issues, and stress and anxiety.  Today Pete is at a healthy weight, his blood pressure is normal, and he is able to manage his stress.  These were his possibilities and he took advantage of them!  Life is good and so is his golf game – now!

Gale Maleskey, M.S., R.D.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay.