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Whether you re-charge with a book in a sunbeam, with a trot in the park, with a pet, or laughing with your best friend, please, for your health, tackle your stress head-on and take time to relax! You've got a great excuse, it's National Relaxation Day!
—relax & renew
Work, financial pressure, family, crisis and other life events cause stress. Thankfully, there’s a cheap, fast-acting and effective treatment called, “relaxation”. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Directions are easy-peasy and for maximum effectiveness, use as often as needed.
Practice yoga poses using a chair, at your desk, in a hotel room, or at home. Incorporate breathing techniques, relaxation, flexibility, strength, and balance. Yoga helps to reduce stress during your busy day, improve your mood, and lift your spirit.
Carol Bjork has been married to Kevin for 39 years. They have 2 adult daughters, one son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.
Born and raised in Bismarck, Carol attended NDSU School of Nursing. After graduating, she moved with Kevin to Minneapolis where she worked as a nurse for 4 years at the University of Minnesota Mayo Hospital. They returned to Bismarck where she worked as a NICU nurse at Bismarck Hospital (Sanford), and St Alexius Hospital, where she also taught Lamaze Childbirth classes for 13 years. She retired from nursing in 1992.
In 1982 Carol began teaching aerobic classes at ATA Fitness Center. In 1989 she continued teaching classes at the YMCA, where she has been employed for 25 years. Carol has enjoyed teaching Vinyasa yoga classes for the past 15 years. She loves helping people to feel good, to be healthy in both mind and body.
Carol has been leading a women’s Bible study at her church, Charity Lutheran, for 8 years. She has been the Bis-Man Community Coordinator of SADD-Students Against Destructive Decisions, for 13 years. She coordinates the 6 local chapters in both the middle schools and high schools.
Carol views her role in fitness as an encourager of preventive medicine, especially after losing her dad to ALS, her mother to complications of osteoporosis, and her brother to diabetes and coronary artery disease. She believes, “Some things can’t be prevented, as ALS, but a healthy lifestyle of weigh management, exercise, good nutrition, and decreased stress, can prevent many health issues.
In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Strong and persistent Lori Finken is a champion for mental health in the community.
Lori went back to school as an “older than average” student and she loved it! Her children were in high school, and going back to school gave her a purpose and a goal. She had worked in banking prior to taking time off with her children and numbers seemed to be her calling. Lori now works in public accounting as a CPA. Lori truly enjoys her job because she is able to help others with something they struggle with, and her work-life has proven that she can make a difference.
As if raising a family and becoming a CPA wasn’t hard enough, Lori accomplished these while living with, struggling with, and managing depression and anxiety for almost 20 years. At first it was hard for Lori to share her story with anyone, but now she has given presentations and was featured in a magazine article. She has found that there are so many people who are suffering from depression and anxiety, and sharing her story wasn’t only healing for herself, but it also allowed others to realize they are not alone. It is important to acknowledge that suffering from depression is not something to be ashamed of, and that depression is an illness. If your first attempt with a physician, therapist or medication does not bring you the results you were hoping for, be persistent. Don’t give up until you find the right combination.
Lori has found that the best way to manage her illness is daily exercise, and to lead a balanced lifestyle. Although she has a very busy occupation, Lori is sure she makes time for family, exercise, and fun every day. While exercise was something Lori started doing to get in shape she found it not only betters her physical health, but it keeps her mental health in check and is the best part of her day.
Discover the Power of Simply Being You | Julie Mitzel, LPCC
Be reminded to slow down and savor the beauty in you. Julie teaches the power of self-acceptance and self-forgiveness to allow you to be the person you desire and to discover your natural traits and talents to maximize your life potential.
Life can often feel like one giant treadmill that keeps on moving and never quite arrives. Julie reminds us to slow down and savor the beauty in each of us.
“My struggle with an eating disorder in many ways related to my own struggle with self-acceptance,” says Julie Mitzel, a licensed clinical counselor in Bismarck. She helps patients work through emotion management tools and appropriate boundaries with self and others.
Julie chose her profession after going through her own recovery. She shares, “I felt I wanted to help bring healing to other’s lives. My own struggle was a springboard that helped me have compassion for others and want to arm them with tools and skills to change their situations.”
Julie teaches us that the power of self-acceptance and self-forgiveness allows each person to be the person they truly desire to be. Through which we can discover our natural traits and talents to maximize life potential. She encourages people to stop comparing, straining, or living in regrets and start enjoying the life you have today.
Julie will help us slow down and Discover the Power of Simply Being You during the Women’s Health Conference. Tools you can take home include emotion management and setting appropriate boundaries for yourself and others.
Join Julie for a healthy day at the Women's Health Conference September 29, 2014.
It becomes so easy for us to disassociate ourselves from the spiritual. We work, exercise, go to counseling for relationship problems, check Facebook to compare ourselves to our friends, read to catch up on news, maybe explore intellectual concepts or to escape from reality – we tend to neglect our spiritual self. Here are five simple ways to practice spiritual well-being before the Women's Health Conference on September 29:
1. Take a break at work
Honor your break time at work. Set an alarm. Take 5-10 minutes to breathe, relax and reflect. Walk away from your computer; find a quiet place more conducive to your time for reflection. Ideally, you’ll find yourself in nature, a park with trees and some sun, even a cold winter’s day can offer a few valuable minutes outside.
Meditation is real quiet time and a tool for self-awareness. Where prayer is for petition, some say meditation is a way to listen to God. Breathe slowly and naturally, and as you do, bring awareness to your breath: consider the sound or feeling of the in and out of your breath. Assume a passive attitude. Don’t worry about how well you’re doing. It doesn’t matter. When thoughts or other distractions occur, just notice them without judgment and gently return to your breath.
Retreat, step back from life and give yourself time away from your daily activities to stabilize yourself. Remove yourself from distractions and nestle into a time and space to reflect, meditate, rest. A retreat could mean time spent in a cabin on the prairie or sitting in a quiet church pew with your pastor.
4. Visit your sacred place
A meaningful sacred place may look and feel different for each person. It could be sacred in terms of a religion or it may be sacred to you alone. Wherever it is, let a visit to this place enrich, re-connect, or provide a sense of closure or renewal for you.
5. Be grateful
A practice of gratitude allows for random acts of kindness, fate and kismet to occur. With gratitude it’s hard to take anything for granted: a small moment or interaction becomes meaningful and significant. You are driven to become more purposeful and deliberate. Being thankful for the so-called blessings in life is also a way of being humble. Humility brings home the notion that we are not alone, that our destiny may be shaped by us but it is interconnected with that of others.
Take a day for you, for your spirit, for your health. Join us on September 29, 2014 in Bismarck for the Women’s Health Conference. Register today.
In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Aly Downs is a champion for mental health in the community.
Mrs. Aly Downs is no stranger to the spotlight, she is not only proud to be a fifth generation North Dakota farm girl who currently lives in Bismarck with her husband Kyle, but she is also honored to serve in the role as Mrs. North Dakota America 2013.
Aly graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2007 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy, and has worked in the areas of mental health and addiction. It is from these experiences that she has seen the negative impact stress can have, and she has developed the four step program-“Coping with Stress: Crowning Your Health”. Through this program, Aly is able to empower individuals to invest in positive coping skills and stress techniques for an improved quality of life. Presenting on this topic helps Aly stay on track with managing her stressors & staying heart-healthy.
Anxiety runs in Aly’s family, and though she has never been formally diagnosed with it, she certainly is a stereotypical "first-born" with perfectionistic tendencies, often leading to symptoms of anxiety. She found out last year (after wearing a holter monitor to assess her heart rhythms) that she has Premature Ventricular Contractions. They are quite common but can be lessened by leading a healthy lifestyle, which for her means keeping stress and anxiety low, eating well, sleeping 8 hours, exercising, and making time for leisure activities.
Aly is currently with St. Alexius Medical Center and the University of Mary as Adjunct Professor, her passion for education has flourished to the point of pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research.
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Here she is, our very own Mary Ann "MA" Foss on the cover of Inspired Woman. Read about this feisty go-getter at Inspiredwomanonline.com. Mary Ann leads our committee saying, “I love seeing the women enjoying the day - connecting and learning. It is important for women to stay informed because they are the caretakers. It makes all the hard work so worth it.”