stress reduction

The Health Benefits of Travel

Travelling is definitely one of my favorite things. I have fond memories of family vacations as a child, travelling with girlfriends after high school and now family vacations with my husband and children. Travel has always been incredibly rewarding and enjoyable for me. While it has been generally accepted for centuries that travel and vacations provide time to relax and rejuvenate, more and more research indicates that travelling may also provide long-term health benefits.

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing my first "float" here in Victoria at Float House, a newly opened local business catering to people looking for a place to unplug and "experience nothing". For many years I've been looking forward to the opportunity to try a sensory deprivation tank; a term that has been replaced by "Float" or "REST" tank.

"If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."  

I just read this Tibetan saying in a newsletter I subscribe to called Just One Thing: Resources for Happiness, Love and Wisdom.  A beautiful and timely reminder for this time of year when the temptation is to load ourselves up with all sorts of promises of change and resolutions. 

Here's a small excerpt.....

I've never really been one for making New Year's resolutions.  I'm a goal oriented kinda gal and my mind is often engaged in planning.  I don't feel a particular need to make new goals just because it's January 1st.  My brain is wired to do this year round.


 "Just relax and it will happen". While these words may not have been offered with any ill will or malice by family, friends or loved ones, they are deeply hurtful (and frustrating!!) to anyone experiencing challenges with their fertility. I find that statements like this can actually cause more stress to arise, as now a woman is stressing about being stressed....and the negative spiral continues.

An eight week program offering an introduction to meditation
and an approach to working with stress, pain, and illness

I attended this workshop in Victoria with Beth Trotter last spring and cannot say enough good things about it.  The course is modelled after the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. 


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