Last night I met up with my friend, Melody.
You know that friend that makes you laugh, gives great advice and time just flies when you get together? Yeah, she’s that … It’s been too long since we’ve gotten together and we had such a great time. In the spirit of doing something different, we attended a lecture on “The Epidemic of the Millenia – Stress – And How to Deal With It” at MacMaster University.
And in the spirit of Melody’s birthday, I packed her up some freshly baked Pumpkin Biscotti (recipe coming soon).
And, we were off! First it was a quick dinner at an Italian restaurant, consisting of salads and a shared order of arancini (risotto balls). Delicious! Then onto MacMaster, where we got a tad lost, found parking to be a bit of a disaster and went to the wrong building but, finally, we arrived at the lecture hall.
Don’t you love my awkward spy cam type shot?
I came away with some interesting takeaways as well as feeling validated in a lot of the strategies that I have been really working on in my own life. In the past 2 years, I truly feel much less stress, anxiety and tension in my life and it is the result of practicing a number of these coping methods.
Some of the observations from the lecture:
*stress plays a role in the progression of cancer
*more than 1 in 10 adults use anti depressants
*triggers of stress may be real or perceived
*the same part of the brain that recognizes temperature is the same one that recognizes pain and pleasure. I thought this was so curious! Who out there feels a little shorter tempered when it’s super hot or cold out?
*people use distractions such as alcohol/drug abuse (legal & illegal drugs), addictions to food, internet, tv/video games to escape stress
*live in the now – don’t dwell on the past or the future
*Mind full, or mindful?
*accept uncertainty – don’t focus on what may happen
*high levels of sugar, caffeine (I’ve gotta cut down on this) & fat agitate the body & make it less capable of dealing with daily stress
*greater intake of fruits & vegetables lower odds of depression, distress & perceived poor mental health status
*increase positive interactions – family, friends & communtity
*resentment is a vortex – don’t get sucked in
*don’t make excuses or support excuse makers
*others will reflect your energy
*try to have both knowledge and understanding
Wow … sorry if that was a rather extensive list but I found it interesting and maybe something will resonate with you as well. Of course, I really focused on the nutrition aspect of managing stress and it is so true that eating mindfully is such an effective strategy. What you eat can help you be vibrant and healthy in body, mind and spirit! The quality of my life has improved vastly since adopting a better balance in my lifestyle with nutritious eating and regular activity.
I also came away with the understanding that no matter how old I get I will always have at least one fit of inappropriate, public giggles when out with girlfriends. Some things, seemingly, don’t change 😉