Winter 2005
Stress: Change the way it affects you forever!


All of us have stress in our lives. Your ability to deal with your stress can make the difference between feeling good and being burdened by ill health.

"When you're overstressed and finding it hard to cope, it can lead to, or worsen, serious health problems," says Stuart Zarich, MD, chief of Cardiology at Bridgeport Hospital. "Problems like high blood pressure, depression, frequent absences from work, and more."

Here's a list of symptoms that may mean you're overstressed. See if you recognize yourself.

 Physical:

 pounding heart

 headaches

 sweaty palms

 indigestion

 skin breakouts

 shortness of breath

 holding your breath

 cold hands

 sleeplessness

 sleeping too much

 fatigue

 nausea

 diarrhea

 muscle pain
 Emotional:

 moodiness

 irritability

 depression

 anxiety

 lack of sense of humor

 abrasiveness

 hostility

 nervousness
 Mental:

 forgetfulness

 loss of concentration

 poor judgment

 disorganization

 confusion

 lack of interest

 math errors

 negative self-talk

Are you in there somewhere? If these symptoms are getting in the way of your life, relax! You don't have to continue feeling like that. Join "Stress Management 2005: A Mind-Body Approach to Wellness!"

This new Bridgeport Hospital program is an eight-week series of 2–hour classes designed to help you get a life-long grip on stress. You'll learn:

  • what stress does to your body;
  • how your emotions and your body work together;
  • how to convert obstacles into motivation;
  • how to change your state of mind through body movement and imagery,
  • practical tips and techniques for reducing stress, including meditation, yoga, and self-expression,
  • and much more.

Free information and sign-up session: Monday, March 21, 6:30–8:00 p.m. (You may sign up without attending this session.)

Class Dates: Mondays, April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23; and June 6, 13, and 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $250

Location: First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield.

To register or for more information, please call us, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396.