WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Local Author Offers Stress Relief Seminar
On October 21, Newburyport resident and author Áine Greaney will lead a seminar, “Writing for Stress Relief and Wellness.”
Offered by the North of Boston Cancer Resource (NBCR), in coordination with Beth Israel Lahey Health Anna Jaques Hospital, the seminar is part of the NBCR’s free speaking series in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCR events are open to anyone who is impacted by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and to make it easier for participants, the seminar will be offered over the NBCR’s Zoom platform.
Since the late 1980s, over 300 clinical studies have shown that daily or frequent writing can help with issues such as pain, anxiety and sleeplessness. Writing can also enhance our self-awareness and help us to plan and manage our day.
“This isn’t about being a ‘good’ or a ‘best-selling’ writer,” says Greaney. “It’s about using writing — even for 15 minutes per day — to deal with life’s stressors.”
In her wellness writing seminars, Greaney briefly introduces participants to some of the evidence-based benefits of daily writing for our mental and physical health. She also offers tips on how to start, build and sustain a regular writing practice—including what form of writing suits us best. Participants also get to do and share some fun, in-class writing.
“Some of us love that tactile experience of hand-writing,” says Greaney. “But others prefer to type or use a digital platform, and this seminar will provide a range of tips and resources, including when not to write.”
Áine Greaney is an Irish native and the author of five published books. She has led or co-led writing and employee development workshops for nonprofit organizations, conferences and colleges, including Northern Essex Community College, Emerson College, the Carver School of Medicine (Iowa) and the Youth at Risk Conference at Salem State University, and her essays have also been published in Merrimack Valley Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, the New York Times, Salon, The Wisdom Daily, WBUR Cognoscenti and other publications. Her website is at AineGreaney.com.
Army Encourages ‘Aggressive Napping, Meditation and Warm Baths to Combat Fatigue and PTSD
Contradictory to the Army’s tough and punishing gritty reputation, the military branch’s latest exercise guidelines encourage recruits to practice aggressive napping, meditation and warm baths. These latest practices are part of a revamp of the U.S. Army’s physical-fitness training field manual, now called the “FM 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness.”
Credible research suggests that fatigued troops can experience impaired judgment, delayed reaction times and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Sleep.org.
Along with sleep, meditation and success visualization exercises are also encouraged. The manual even features a whole chapter on “spiritual readiness,” defined as the “ability to maintain beliefs, principles, and values needed to provide support in times of stress.”
These self-help-esque tips aim to help mitigate injuries suffered during combat, which in turn, increases the military’s effectiveness while reducing the cost to taxpayers in terms of state disability fees.