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One of the main issues with stress is that it can cause unhealthy eating habits.

When a person becomes overwhelmed with stress, a common reaction is the sudden urge to eat food. This applies to people who are always on the go and lead a busy lifestyle resulting in no time to fit balanced nutrition into their busy schedule.

Most often, foods consumed in this situation will be ‘fast-foods’ that are considered a quick fix!   Read More

When the body is under stress, it uses up its resources until they are stripped.

The best approach to handling stress is to maintain a lifestyle that supports optimal health.

Combining a well-balanced nutritional eating plan with other physical and emotional stress management strategies such as; daily physical exercise, and daily sophrology training will help prepare your body for any stress that may be thrust upon it.   Read More

Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and psychologically. The right amount of stress can be a positive force that helps us to do our best and to keep alert and energetic. When you are tired, you are less patient and easily agitated which can increase stress.

Have you been feeling irritable lately? Or simply worn out?

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Become aware of your body as your thoughts change…

 

In sophrology, rather than experiencing the mind and body as two separate systems, we recognise that the mind and body are linked in delicate yet fundamental ways.  The daily experiences we think of as happening “in our minds” actually produce sensations in the body and the body moves into a posture to reflect these thoughts and emotions.  The reverse is also true and the posture of the body in turn affects the emotions.

For example:

When we are feeling down, we sit or walk with shoulders slouched and tend to look down or even hang the head down (as if we are carrying the world on our shoulders), this ‘body-language’ sends a message to the brain telling it we are ‘down’, ‘blue’, etc..  you will find that with the body in this posture it is not easy or even impossible to experience light and happy emotions.
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As well as the Andorra sophro experience I also participated in theSummer University (in the UK we say Summer School in France it’s a university!) of ‘La Fédération des Ecoles Professionnelles en Sophrologie’ one of the many French Sophrology Federations.

It was the first time that I had met up with this group and I was surprised to find that some of the directors of the member schools had been with me at the Trainer Training course in Andorra in 2003.  It was fun to discuss old times and our journeys from then till now.
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Deep breathing is known to be one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.  The brain then sends this message to your body and all those things that happen when you are stressed, for example; increased heart rate, fast breathing, high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed?

The next time you feel deeply relaxed, take a moment to notice how you are breathing and how your body feels, you may also want to notice how you breathe just before you fall asleep or even first thing in the morning as you wake up.
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I just got back from the Summer University of the International Sophrology Academy in Andorra. With lightning storms and driving rain, the long journey Geneva to Andorra wasn’t for the faint of heart, but as the conference started, the sun broke through the clouds and the smiles came out.

The Summer University is held every year in Andorra, where Alphonso Caycedo, the founder of Sophrology now resides. This year over 260 professional Sophrologists flew in from all four corners of Europe, and it was great to see so many friendly faces and hear the new developments in the field.

Dorna Revie at the International Sophrology Academy in AndorraThis year the theme was Well Being with Sophrology with 2 days devoted to new techniques on how to manage stress with Sophrology. Natalia Caycedo (daughter of Alphonso) gave a presentation on an 8-session stress management course, which is perfect for training the mind to effectively cope with stress.

The idea is to build up a resistance to stress, and strengthen your mind so that you are better able to cope when you encounter it. For those already dealing with high stress levels, the exercises gave us tools to release the stress throughout the day so that it doesn’t accumulate.
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Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to.

When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy called the “fight-or-flight” stress response.

In sophrology we understand that managing stress is key to good health and overall wellbeing.

Sophrology is a training programme consisting of practices aimed at improving mind focus leading to improved health and well-being known as Sophrology Training.
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