Stress is a normal part of life. Things that happen to you and around you can put stress on your body. But the body’s reaction to stress can have an effect on physical, mental and emotional well-being.
“Stress can become negative when someone faces challenges without any relief or relaxation,” said Marci Reynolds, health and wellness supervisor at ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca. “Stress can lead to problems such as headaches, asthma, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, problems sleeping, chest pain, upset stomach, heart problems, diabetes and skin conditions.”
Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects form stress, added Reynolds. “Research suggests that stress can also bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases,” she said, noting that 75 percent to 9- percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related complaints.
A program offered in November can help people reduce physical and psychological symptoms associated with stress as well as learn resources to respond rather than react to stressors.
“Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 5, 12, and 19 at the Maasch Education Center, 902 Building, located on the campus of ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca. This class will be led by Barb Achten, LMT, and will follow the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction model, which is an evidence based and proven effective method of working to change the way we respond to stress in our bodies.
“Participants will discover how unconscious thoughts and feelings can increase stress and undermine well-being,” said Achten. “They will learn how to develop inner resources that respond to rather than react to stressors, improve self-esteem and have a greater ability to relax.” Past participants in Barb’s class have reported great improvement in their overall ability to cope with stress, and have stated that their lives were changed.
The cost of the class is $20 per person for the series. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Register online here or call 715.258.1119.