Best Bets to De-stress

Man Lying on the Green Grass with a stress thoughts in mind

Busy days packed with emails, meetings, discomforts and ever-increasing demands can put your body in defense mode. Stress chemicals accumulate, affecting your mood, digestion, memory, sleep and even your waistline.

That’s why it’s important to learn ways to reduce stress before it impacts your health.

When pain becomes a stressor in your life, it helps to use every tool at your disposal. Many people find relief with a technique known as acupressure, sometimes referred to as acupuncture without the needles. In Discover Acupressure, now scheduled for Friday, May 15, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Nathan Schulman will divulge some of its secrets.

Stress relief is a hands-on exercise in Ahhh! Neck & Shoulder Tension Relief, also led by Schulman, on May 29. Bring a partner, or just bring your hands.

And if you’re really serious about stress relief, consider employing some essential oils. Instructor Rebecca Worth will feature oils of lavender, lemon wild orange and peppermint in Aromatherapy for Stress Relief on June 20.

There’s more! We know that exercise releases all sorts of mood-improving chemicals. Get a good workout in at the fitness center at Willamalane Center, swim some laps or hit the spa at Willamalane Park Swim Center or Splash! at Lively Park, or take any of a number of Willamalane fitness classes.

And then there’s our favorite way to relax: a calming walk through one of Willamalane’s 40+ parks on a nice spring day. We can hear the birds singing now. …