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Stress and Wellness

All of us experience stress at some time in our lives. And while stress can be a natural reaction to many of life’s challenges, prolonged periods of stress can impact your health and in some cases have serious consequences.

Physical Impact
Studies have shown that the longer people suffer from work or interpersonal stress, the greater the chances of catching a cold or falling prey to other ailments. Research results also tell us that men who are highly stressed are more likely to have heart attacks or strokes.

Emotional Impact
And of course there is the toll on your personal relationships. Conflict can easily ensue as stress mounts. The risk of alienation becomes significant and can further exacerbate your stress.

Everyday, Ongoing Stress
A 1998 study by Carnegie Mellon psychologist Sheldon Cohen discovered that it’s not the big incidents like a death in the family or the loss of a job that cause the most stress. It’s the small, constant, everyday conflicts that increase the possibility of stress-related illness by 3 to 5 times.

Small Steps
You can reduce your stress level by taking a few small steps that will add up over time.

Get More Rest
Thousands of car accidents each year are caused by lack of sleep. On the other hand, a Rhode Island study demonstrated that students who got 35 more minutes of sleep than their peers, earned better grades. Adults need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night despite the fact that most of us only get about 6.7 hours.

One of the best ways to add sleep time is to go to bed earlier at night by about 10 to 15 minutes. Increase the time gradually by starting 5 minutes earlier at first and then adding another 5 minutes a week later and so on.

Do One Thing at a Time
Multi-tasking can be overrated. The more we try to squeeze in, the more frustrated we can become with unfinished business, the more mistakes we make and the less we really listen to each other. We’re so bound up in getting everything done that we lose sight of what’s important and rush down the path to burn out.

The best way to reduce stress and restore balance is to prioritize. Review what’s most important to you and put your physical and emotional energy into those activities. The rest will fall into place and in some cases, even fall off your list.

If quality time with your children ranks as a high priority, let your task list languish. The world will not crumble if you don’t make the bed today or get the vacuuming done. On the other hand you may have a great sense of satisfaction after an afternoon with your kids.

Are you stressed by a crowded work agenda? You might discover that reworking the schedule with your supervisor not only reduces your stress levels, but also improves the quality of your work.

Exercise
Daily physical activity is the elixir of life. It reduces stress and helps us to sleep better. Exercise increases our energy and stamina while improving our self-esteem and outlook on life.

The National Institutes of Health recommend at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Note the key word “activity”. Just three 10-minute sessions of moderate activity a day will give you the same benefits as a 30-minute workout.

That means that taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the farthest point from your destination or dancing around the house all count towards stress reducing activity.
Whether you take the dog for a run, roller skate or mow the lawn, make sure you fit a total of 30 minutes exercise into each day. You’ll feel so much better.

Take Care of You
De-stress by reading a book, taking a walk, practicing deep breathing or by enjoying a warm bubble bath. Setting aside a little time each day for yourself can ease feelings of frustration, fatigue and stress. You’ll feel re-energized in as little as 15 minutes. But remember, there’s no need to rush it.

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Your Kids Don’t Like Sports? No Problem!

Not every child yearns to join the neighborhood Little League or soccer team. And even though you may see your dreams of sitting in the bleachers, cheering your child on while they hit a home run or score a goal drifting away, it’s not a good idea to push your kids into playing sports if it’s just not their thing. But don’t give up hope! There are lots of other ways to get your kids up and moving and you can play an important role in making that happen.

A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that kids are 400 – 500% more likely to engage in active play if they have an appealing place to play in and are supervised by adults. You see? They do still need you after all! Consider this a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your family while getting the exercise that’s essential to your whole family’s health and well-being.

Keep Them Guessing

Adults 18 and over should do some form of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Children should be engaging in even more physical activity- at least 60 minutes a day, five days a week. This is where you come in. And the key to getting your kids to exercise is to keep them guessing, which means keep changing things around on them and don’t do the same thing too many times in a row. (This is different, of course, for younger children. Toddlers are perfectly happy dancing to the Hokey Pokey over and over and over…)

You might want to start by asking your kids what they do like to do. We’ve already established that they don’t like sports, but there’s got to be something they like to do. Find out what they enjoy and go with it. In the summer, you can enroll them in swimming classes at your local public pool or health club. Many college campuses also offer children’s swim classes, sometimes year-round. Studying a martial art, like tae kwon do, is a great way for kids to work on assertiveness and safety, while getting fit. Maybe your child has a gift for clowning around. Ask your child if they’d like to go to clown school. Many gymnasiums that offer gymnastics and trapeze classes also offer clown classes, which usually involve juggling, tumbling and acrobatics.

There are even lots of options for exercise at home. Throwing a Frisbee around, if you’ve got a back yard, is a great way to get some exercise. Break out the aerobics videos or find some other fitness videos that the boys may find more appealing. And when in doubt, try putting on some music, turning up the volume, and dancing until you drop. Don’t be afraid to be silly and don’t forget to have fun!

A Little Inspiration Goes a Long Way

Just because your kids don’t like playing sports, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t like watching sporting events. Try taking them to a game, match or competition. It might just inspire them to try it themselves.

Pick out a few books or magazines dedicated to sports you think your child might really like and read them together. Maybe there’s an outdoor activity magazine that might appeal to them. A surprise gift subscription might prove very rewarding if it inspires your child to get up and go check out the world beyond their room and TV.

Top 10 Tips to Keep Them Moving

  • Take a walk together with a special destination in mind. Walk to the park for a picnic, walk across town to the movies, or maybe take a hike out to a lake or pool for a swim.
  • Don’t forget to pack healthy, yummy snacks and water for your outing. Some fresh or dried fruit, a couple bottles of water, maybe a few cheese sticks- you’re good to go!
  • If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with bike paths or smaller roads, try going on a bicycle-powered adventure. Lots of bike stores rent bikes as well, so if you’re bikeless, don’t give up! Try one for a day and see how you like it.
  • Stairs are your friend. Hold a stair-climbing competition with your kids and see who can climb the fastest and who can climb the longest.
  • Create your own at-home triathlon. Come up with three physical activities to do around the house and award prizes to those who accomplish them all in record time. Then see who can break those records.
  • Visit an arcade but avoid the video games, instead, challenge your kids to a marathon of air hockey, skeeball and pool. See who winds up with the best combined score.
  • Spend some time on the miniature golf course.
  • In the summer, try swimming in a pool. If your kids don’t like doing laps try some fun pool games. If they don’t enjoy being in the water give gardening a try.
  • In the winter, try sledding, ice-skating and of course, a vigorous snowball fight.
  • When in doubt, add a few friends to the mix.

Winter Fruit with Chocolate-Ginger Cannoli Cream

This deliciously creamy ricotta mixture full of chocolate and ginger, makes a wonderful sauce for crisp, juicy winter fruit. You could also serve the sauce in a bowl and treat it like a dipping sauce. Or try it over pancakes!

Baked Green Apples

Serve these either warm, at room temperature, or chilled. If you like, serve with a dollop of plain fat-free yogurt.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oat-Walnut Crust

This luscious reduced-fat cheesecake, with a crust full of nutritional goodies, is really a very creamy pumpkin pie that easily could become a favorite on Thanksgiving or any special family dinner.