Happy Holidays...No, Seriously!


The closing of the year already brings its trials and tribulations for business owners, parents with children in school (think mid-term stress), and possibly reflecting on goals or resolutions that haven’t been accomplished as of yet. Then, we get to add the high energy output for the holidays that are linked to the end of the calendar year and for many that brings about feelings of stress, tension, and overwhelm. This doesn’t feel good or healthy does it? It doesn’t feel like you either, right?

Workplace, social, and environmental stress experiences and results have been studied by some of the most reputable and trustworthy clinics, schools, and organizations over many decades, but even more recently with the need for stress reduction at an all time high.

Photo Credit Yoga Journal Magazine

Photo Credit Yoga Journal Magazine

The Global Organization for Stress lists the following facts to be related to stress living in your life and body (Any of these relate to you?):


  • The Stress in America survey results show that adults continue to report high levels of stress and many report that their stress has increased over the past year – American Psychological Association.

  • 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and nearly half reported that their stress has increased in the past year – American Psychological Association.

  • Approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder – National Institutes of Mental Health.

  • Stress is a top health concern for U.S. teens between 9th and 12th grade, psychologists say that if they don’t learn healthy ways to manage that stress now, it could have serious long-term health implications – American Psychological Association.

  • 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.  And 42% say their co-workers need such help – American Institute of Stress.

  • Stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6  in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress.  With China (86%) having the highest rise in workplace stress – The Regus Group

  • Alarmingly 91% of adult Australians feel stress in at least one important area of their lives.  Almost 50% feel very stressed about one part of their life – Lifeline Australia.

  • Australian employees are absent for an average of 3.2 working days each year through stress.  This workplace stress costs the Australian economy approximately $14.2 billion – Medibank

  • An estimated 442,000 individuals in Britain, who worked in 2007/08 believed that they were experiencing work-related stress at a level that was making them ill – Labour Force Survey.

  • Approximately 13.7 million working days are lost each year in the UK as a result of work-related illness at a cost of £28.3 billion per year – National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

  • Depression is among the leading causes of disability worldwide – World Health Organization

  • Fewer than 25% of those with depression world-wide have access to effective treatments – World Health Organization.

We recently posted a great video from Ted Talks about the effects of stress, primarily on the brain, and how to balance the every experiences we have that produce it. One of the most profound and might I write simple ways to actively combat stress is mindfullness, meditation, and releasing tension through the body (like yoga). I think we’ve all been there (some of us live there) in a time when the stress and tension physically make our body hurt or our mind throb. Yoga and breathing MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Almost too good to be true, but it is. The kicker is that once you’ve learned the skills and techniques you can practice them almost anywhere. Although it’s nice to be with the community when practicing, there’s something very empowering about having the tools and skill set available anytime you want them.

Join us this Saturday for an informative, beginner friendly, and ultimeltly stress reducing Restorative Yoga Workshop. This is offered in the honest and foundational Restorative tradition (as some may have attended Yin or slow flow yoga labeled restorative). You will be learning and understanding the how, what, why of the postures, spend time in them, and accompany them with guided breath work. This goes on from 11am - 1pm this Saturday December 15th 2018.


Photo Credit Yoga Journal Magazine

Photo Credit Yoga Journal Magazine

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