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Ways to de-stress in CNY this holiday season

CNYCentral explores ways to relax on National Stress Awareness Day.

We live in a stressful world, and we each try to find what works for us to de-stress.

Since Wednesday is National Stress Awareness Day, CNYCentral looked at ways to relax in Central New York and the options for you and your family.

Dr. Kate Laska is a chiropractor in Mattydale, and speaks to groups about ways to unwind. Her top options for lowering blood pressure are through diet, exercise and support groups.

Locating the stress is a starting point said Dr. Laska, “When someone is really stressed, you have to find stressors and find ways to avoid them or deal with them."

CNYCentral took a closer look at three other options you can use to help get rid of the stress in your life in Central New York ahead of the holidays. One is through a hobby, a passion, or a distraction.

Ernest Desimone lives in Syracuse and takes this to heart. He enjoys spending time fixing up his old 1955 Chevy.

Desimone says, “It's funny. When you are doing something and even though it is work and you are enjoying what you are doing, your mind doesn't really seem to be stressed out. You just kind of enjoy what you are doing and that's all you are thinking of."

Meditation is another option.

At Syracuse University, there are eight different opportunities a week to help bring calm.

Meditation is in the in SU Small Chapel in the lower level of Hendricks Chapel:

  • Monday - 12-1, 2:30-3:30, 5-6
  • Tuesday - 12-1, 4-5
  • Wednesday - 5:30-6:30
  • Thursday - 9:30-10:30
  • Friday - 11-12

Joann Cooke is the Buddhist Co-Chaplin at Hendricks Chapel. She says within minutes you can recenter yourself.

"Just coming in here and being silent with people is something you never get to do anywhere else. So, just that silence is so calming."

For others, working out is a stress reliever. Onondaga County Parks offers classes throughout the year to help with stress management.

Lisa Clancy Bruce enjoys breaking a sweat and is a Family Therapist in Liverpool. She agrees working out can help, and also recommends meditation, but says in the end,it is up to each individual.

" Whatever works for you, you know yourself best."

Syracuse University also offers 'Healthy Monday Syracuse.' It is a National Initiative that dedicates the first day of the week to health.

And a reminder for all those who are stressed out: it is best to talk with a health professional about your individual needs.

If your stress seems unmanageable and you need to talk to someone. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 in the U.S.

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