Stress. It’s like a violin string. A talented musician such as Joshua Bell creates, with his bow, some
tension on that string and makes beautiful music. But should he apply too much stress, the string will
break. That can apply to the stressful affects of today’s uncertain world.
It’s how people deal with stress that makes or breaks them. Problems brought about by
unabated stress can include pain, ulcers, headaches and even high blood pressure and heart conditions.
Michele Rozansky, director of Orlanu Therapies in Mequon, a group of physical, occupational,
massage and acupuncture professionals,says when it comes to stress, “you can’t separate mind from
body.” She observes stress affecting many of her patients “When they come to us, we try to help
them identify what their stressors are and see what helps them handle the stress and what doesn’t.
People often aren’t even aware of what’s bothering them. That, in itself is part of the problem,” she
“In humans, if we’re brought up to hide our emotions, the response to what’s happening
externally is hidden and unfelt. Because of stress, changes in body chemicals occur, but if we’re
unaware, we’re unable to restabilize or recalibrate. In other words, the tension level builds inside, even
though we’ve learned how to repress it and go about our daily lives.
“We teach our patients different ways they can respond to the stressors that we have discovered
in their lives,” she adds.
Rozansky says that stressed individuals come to Orlanu Therapies for help because they usually
are in some kind of pain.or they complain of fatigue, depression, lack of energy. “So we initially
determine where we can start therapy. It might be something as simple as blocking out ten minutes of
their day to do deep breathing and quiet their mind, quiet their being. For other people it might be an
exercise program. We like to incorporate Pilate exercises or yoga because they are about slow,
sustained breathing and posture exercises. The spiritual aspect might be brought into those types of
According to Rozanksy, Pilate and yoga help people build their own potential, their strength. “That
overflows into their mental and emotional health and enables them to make choices and not feel trapped
in an unhappy situation.
“Good nutrition goes along with exercise and deep breathing,” she says. “If people eat packaged
and processed foods and fast foods, they’re not getting the right nutrition. That creates a physiological
stress. If so, it doesn’t much matter if they’re on an exercise program.”
Rozansky offers some tips to better handle stress.
* Take up to a half hour each day just to walk outside and enjoy nature. Or deep
breathe or do yoga or to write a journal of your feelings.
* Put a rhythm in your day. Take time to have a quiet breakfast or lunch ritual to help your
digestion. Shut off your phones and computers.
* Eat healthful foods.
* Exercise regularly.
* Have a creative outlet. Write. Draw. Play a musical instrument. Go to a concert.
“It’s important,” she says, “for stressed-out individuals to access their inner being to enhance their
self growth, self care, self worth and self esteem. Bringing beliefs of self esteem to life and enhancing
their ability to make choices can help prevent or cure stress.”
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