Western Leader : December 21st 2010
16 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 21, 2010 NEWS ADVERTISEMENT Health Matters STRESS LESS OVER THE HOLIDAYS Stress is part of life. Few of us can avoid it. Christmas, New Year and the summer holidays are supposed to be times when we unwind and let go of that stress and enjoy the good things of life. However, it can also cause stress. For some families, expectation and re ality may collide at this time of the year. We eat too much, drink too much and we overspend. Chronic family disagreements and tensions can come to the surface. Not all stress is harmful. The stress response is actually designed to save our lives; it prepares our bodies for "fight or flight" by increasing heart rate and muscle tension, dilating pupils and making us more physically and mentally alert. Without some stress, life can become boring. But when stress is acute and sustained it becomes harmful. Severe stress disrupts your body systems. Your nervous system is on red alert. Your heart beats faster to send extra blood to your br ain and muscles. You breathe faster. Your liver releases sugar and fats into your blood. Muscles tense, blood pressure rises, you sweat, and you are prepared for rapid action. All this is fine if you need to get aw ay from a charging elephant. But in today's world this pent-up energy does not always have an immediate outlet. When the causes of stress are not recognised or removed, people try a variety of means to gain relief from the symptoms. For some that me ans using drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, or tr anquilisers. However, there are many much better and more natural ways to manage your stress, from bre athing and relaxation techniques to time management and learning how to say "no". Kids don't need expensive gifts you cannot afford. They need you to spend time with them. One of the most effective stress management tools is exercise. Exercise doesn't have to cost you a fortune in fancy gear and gym subscriptions. A regular brisk walk of at least 30 minutes a day is an excellent exercise and is the best way to reduce stress. It is also good for your heart and for preventing or managing diabetes. Walking costs you nothing except your time. Waitakere is blessed with the bush and the sea. Tramping in the bush and swimming in the sea are free as are the many children's beach games that encourage running, games such as our grandparents played when few people had cars. Don't take your work with you on holiday. Slow the pace of life down. Spend time enjoying your family and friends and the world around you. Physical ac tivity stimulates the body to produce endorphins which are the chemicals that regulate pain and hunger, calm you down and help decrease the levels of stress hormones released into your bloodstream. During prolonged periods of stress, however, the hormone levels remain high, over-stimulating appetite and can encourage your body to store more fat. Worse still, much of this fat tends to gravitate towards the abdomen, making you more prone to obesity-related diseases including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Exercise also promotes self-esteem through better body image, encourages sound sleep and enhances energy, all of which are useful tools in decreasing stress levels. To help reduce your stress, why not register for the Night Walks with Nature series run by HealthWEST PHO. For a brochure and registration form contact Kay Lindley, phone 837 8820 : mobile 027 274 2280 : email : kay@healthwest .co.nz 240408AC Secure your Treework with us! • Arborists • Pruning for health, shape, light, view and safety • Tree removal • Power line clearing • Stump grinding • Hedge trimming 0800 873 396 www.treescape.co.nz Advertising Feature enterprise Business& SKIN CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER IN NZ WITH 50,000 NEW CASES EACH YEAR (Cancer Society statistics) Phone (09) 828 6438 for appointment 271A Blockhouse Bay Rd Blockhouse Bay www.skinsurgeryclinic.co.nz Affiliated provider to Southern Cross Healthcare and covered by all major medical insurers The SKIN SURGERY CLINIC offers: • FREE SKIN CANCER CHECKS USING DERMOSCOPY • Mole, cyst and lump excision • Skin cancer surgery & reconstruction • Ingrown toenail surgery • Cosmetic mole removal yj Senior Lecturer (HON) Univ. of Auckland - Dept of Surgery Senior Lecturer (Skin Cancer) Univ. of Queensland "Highly Commended" Ministry of Health Innovation Awards 2003 2600514AA Cancer study shows way to use sunscreen The slip, slop, slap and wrap message has been strength- ened with new Australian research that indicates daily sunscreen use can prevent melanoma in adults, the Can- cer Society says. Skin cancer adviser Judith Galtry says a study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research could be the most important ever con- ducted in assessing the effect of sunscreen on skin cancer risk. Between 1992 and 1996, 1621 randomly selected Queensland residents part- icipated in a trial. Half applied sunscreen every day and half continued to apply it as they normally would. Fifteen years after the trial, the number of people who developed melanomas from the discretionary sunscreen group was double that of the group who had applied sunscreen daily. We have always been told to slip, slop, slap and wrap to prevent skin cancer but until now the effectiveness of sunscreen protection against melanoma has been highly controversial. This study clearly shows that using sunscreen can sig- nificantly reduce the risk of developing a skin cancer, Dr Galtry says. This is very important research for New Zealanders as we have a high risk of developing all forms of skin cancer and the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. It tells us that sunscreen is a vital part of the skin cancer prevention arsenal. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer with around 2000 new cases and 250 deaths each year. We know from research that people do not apply enough sunscreen for it to be effective and they don t reapply often enough throughout the day. 14 Cartwright Rd, Kelston, Ph: 813 9693 Christmas shopping hours before 24.12.2010: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm; Sat 10am-4.30.pm; Sun 10am-2 pm 99¢ Treats for all occasions, birthday parties, events & functions SPECIALS Christmas $599 Belgian Sea Shells 250g $6 or3for $299 Butter Cookies 200g Candy Canes 144g Bulk bargains also available 3 eat OpeningSpecials ree lettering + ree Artwork! North Memorials rst 30 customers in raw to get money back emorials.co.nz 342 Great North Road, Henderson. 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So if you want great taste, great value for money and something slightly exotic, you ll want to make sure to stop into the shop. Of course Lollies Direct isn t just a Christmas candy store. They re worth visiting all year round -- for Valentine s Day, Easter, Mother s Day, Father s Day, Halloween, birthdays and anni- versaries. Whether they like Belgium choco- lates, chocolate-covered nuts, assorted chocolates, snacks, biscuits, mints, boiled sweets, candy canes, lollipops, sour confectionery and so much more, you re sure to find just what will delight them. They have lots of specials in store, which means their low prices are even lower. The more you buy, the more you ll save! Lollies Direct, 14 Cartwright Rd, Kelston. Look for the signs. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10am-4.30am. From now until December 24, weekend hours are Saturday from 10am-4.30pm and Sunday from 10am-2pm.
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