By: By Dr. Trevor Morrison, DC, BSC
July 18, 2018
As we age, prolonged sitting or standing, poor posture, repetitive movement, past injuries, lack of sleep, and age-related degeneration take a toll on our bodies. The impact may be sudden but often progresses slowly over time. In my experience at Southdown, I have noted that the generous and giving nature of women and men in religious life often puts them at risk of not being bio-aware. Bio-awareness is the ability to be aware of the changes in our bodies. Studies have shown that headaches, neck and back pain, muscle tightness and joint rigidity are often manifestations of stress, depression and anxiety.
By: By Nicole Aylwin, MA, Certified Yoga Instructor
July 18, 2018
When did being “busy and stressed” become normal? Between work that follows us home, our family commitments and commitments to our community, stress has become a low-level hum in the background of our lives. Recognizing the importance of the relationship between chronic stress, the mind and the body is why Southdown offers a weekly mindful movement class to the residents. Mindful movement is the practice of progressing slowly through a series of physical movements while placing the full focus and attention on the breath. Mindful movement has been shown to be successful in helping reduce stress, calm the mind and relax the body. As we focus on our inhalations and exhalations and match our movements to the rhythm of the breath, we can tune into what is happening in the body at that moment instead of letting the mind wander through past scenarios or invent future ones. Being in the moment and focusing on our body and breath helps calm the nervous system and makes way for new thinking patterns to develop. Put differently: mindful movement helps us jump off the “mental hamster wheel.”
By: By Amy Torch, RD CDE
July 18, 2018
Optimal nutrition, adequate sleep and mindfulness are the foundation for improving and maintaining a stress-free lifestyle. When people are exposed to increased stress, the nervous system and adrenal gland send signals to the body to help us cope, think responsibly and get our mind ready to respond physically. This action is known as fight-or-flight which is our basic instinct response. In addition, stress can be a result of many factors occurring in our lives from serious to minor stressors to which our body responds similarly. This response can lead to poor digestion, nausea and a general feeling of illness, which in turn can lead to stress.
By: Nadine Crescenzi, Certified WaterArt Instructor, Aquatic Rehab Specialist, Land Instructor
July 17, 2018
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it, I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6 We all know the importance of physical activity and the beneficial impact it has on our body. However, it is important to acknowledge the positive effect it has on our spirit, well-being, and mental health. Studies have proven that 20 minutes of exercise facilitates memory functions, improves decision making and higher learning, and prevents degeneration of our bodies.