Navy Specific

Mind-Body Stress-Relief (+Healing Power of Animals) ©

Mind-Body Stress-Relief (+Healing Power of Animals) ©
by Susie Mantell, award-winning author of the soothing relaxation CD, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace"
[Find more of Susie's FREE stress tips at ]

Dear Friends at,

"There is a crack in everything. That"s how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen

Winter Stress --Chase the "Winter Doldrums"

- Drink Plenty of Water We're not as naturally thirsty in cold weather, and tend to choose hot beverages, which are harder to drink in quantity. Get in those vital, 8 glasses of water to flush toxins, hydrate skin and aid digestion. Too much coffee makes us irritable, distractible... which can produce scowls, frowns and knitted brows that push people away. (Not to mention creating wrinkles!)

- Seasonal Affective Disorder ("S.A.D.") Many experience clinical winter blues. If you suspect you're one of them, talk with a trusted healthcare professional. It's real...and there are natural lights, herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort and Kava available to help you through a slump, but get professional advice on dosage, risks, contraindications, etc.

- Limit sugar and alcohol consumption. "Sugar Blues" are often confused with clinical depression, illness or a common ailment known as "crabbiness." Tense? Irritable? Depressed? Reducing caffeine, sugar and alcohol just may do the trick!

- Remind yourself to smile! Rushing along cold, windy streets, bundled up, head down, we often forget to look others in the eye and connect. Smiling actually releases endorphins-Yours AND theirs. Go ahead and smile...THEN move on and "accomplish." The day you save could be your own!

Sidestepping Winter Doldrums Try This:

1. For one week, give up one self-sabotaging habit.
2. Journal daily how that feels.

More On Chasing Winter Blues:
About Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) related to seasonal variations of light.

More About That Mind-Body Thing. . .

Newsweek: Scientists are mapping the pathways that link emotion to health.

High Tech Hope for Trauma Phobia & Burn Care: Virtual Reality Burn Patients glide through virtual snow canyons, shoot snowballs. VR is not just changing the way patients interpret pain; but actually reducing pain-related brain activity.

Placebo Power: "We knew some patients had transient relief. What we didn't know was that we could actually alter the way the brain worked."

Researchers found learning languages altered the area of the brain that processes information, just as exercise builds muscles.

n. The spontaneous explosive sound of expressing delight, amusement, or pleasure.

We don't know yet why laughing protects the heart, but we know stress can cause inflammatory reactions that compromise coronary arteries.
Laughter: ". . .a half-day spa visit for your upper body."

You Gotta Laugh!

"Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks." -Henri Bergson, Nobel Laureate

The Year's Best Headlines:

1. Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
2. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
3. Couple Slain -- Homicide Suspected
4. Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge
5. Hospital Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

A Surprising Chuckle:

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. " -Mother Teresa

Bow. . .Wow! Extraordinary Healing Powers of Animals

"Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth. " -Anne Tyler

Animals provide astonishing therapeutic benefits. I spend a lot of time in a skilled nursing facility with profoundly impaired, aged adults. Along with music, crafts and laugher, there are visits from local schools, and pets. One 104 y.o. woman spends happy hours before an aviary. There is fascinating research supporting these profoundly powerful soothers, and I see it first-hand each week so I've been collecting the following remarkable stories for you to enjoy too.

- Gift of Gab

The Journal Sciencereports a border collie that can fetch at least 200 objects by name, re-igniting a debate over what language is.
A parrotwith unparalleled power to communicate has brought scientists up short. Dr Jane Goodall calls it "an outstanding example of interspecies communication."

To the Rescue Animal/Handler Teams Assist Following Disasters

"People And Animals Who Serve"

Two people with disabilities , and two puppy-raising teams composed of mothers and daughters.

Monkey Business Procrastinating monkeys were turned into workaholics using a gene to block a key brain compound.

A young macaque monkey started walking on its hind legs only, aping humans -- following a near death experience.

Dogs Sniffing Cancer Research: Dogs can be trained to sniff out bladder cancer in urine.
Following more detailed tests, doctors found a tumor in the right kidney.

- Maybe Why Cats Nap Studies suggest stress could trigger
Feline urinary tract disease.

Book: " Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home " Rupert Sheldrake, biologist, renowned for work in perception, expands on this extraordinary connection.

Book: "If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You" by Valerie Shaff / Roy Blount Jr. All I can tell you is that you have to see this clever photo essay, written from dogs' perspectives.

"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it. " -Samuel Butler Want to Know More? Try Animal Planet on cable T.V.

For Those Coping with the Stress of Cancer. . .

Spirit (human) n. The vital principle or animating force within; the soul. A life-threatening diagnosis will paralyze some, mobilize others. . .

Cancer Gift Baskets

When Xochi Hughes Madera was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, she decided to, "re-learn how to live. " She left a stressful job and astonishingly, between surgeries and exhausting treatments, Xochi started: Researching types of cancer, and customizing, "It was my therapy," Xochi says, who ships cancer-related gift baskets, including books, soothing lotions and lip balm for irritated skin, hats that say "Cancer Sucks," and my own relaxation C D, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace," (used in Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center .) "You do not really know what you can do until you're pushed to do it," says Xochi. Her resilient spirit and ability to ease the journey for others, make Xochi an inspiration.

At different stages of any life, what we hope for, changes. . . Goals, wishes, priorities shift with the light, but hope has great power. It is what makes unbearable events bearable, and somehow sees us through the most challenging .
moments of our lives

Tips for Pain Management for Cancer Patients & Others

Book: " The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness" by Harvard oncologist, Jerome Groopman, MD. A realistic, gently inspiring book for anyone who cares for someone living with cancer Drawing on 30-years in hematology and oncology, Groopman also shares and his own journey back from debilitating long-term pain.

[Pssst--Pass it on. Forward this newsletter to 5 people you care about.]

A Simply Soothing Gift for You: A friend sent this wonderful page to me..enjoy sweet nostalgia:

Closing Thought...

This season, and in all seasons, Believe . . .in whatever is good and true, in the miracles of the natural world, in music and laughter and hope. Believe in yourself and humankind, in people you cherish, and values by which you wish to live. Believe in children, in a brighter tomorrow beyond even your bravest dreams, and this moment, right now. It is a gift.

Until next time, I wish you just the holiday surprise you are wishing for yourself. . .

. . .and as always, above all, Peace,


Award-winning stress-relief expert / author Susie Mantell's deeply soothing relaxation C D, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace," is clinically approved to relieve layer-after-layer of stress and sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, fatigue, cancer, caregiver stress, pain, P.T.S.D., divorce, addiction and grief. Featured in The Los Angeles Times, N.B.C., A.B.C-T.V., Town & Country Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The American Pain Society, Billboard, Hazelden, Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation, listeners include The Mayo Clinic, Canyon Ranch , 1st Responders, Fisher House, N-MCRS, VA Hospitals, and The National Organization for Rare Disorders. Customizing stress-reduction for Fortune 500 companies, The Arthritis Foundation, National Cancer Survivors Day, distinguished medical centers and spas, Susie has facilitated thousands in relieving health-related, work-related, chronic or traumatic stress. Enhancing well-being, productivity and morale in individuals, and in systems, The Coca-Cola Company appointed Susie to their 4-person Dasani Wellness Team. Susie's multisensory, mind-body techniques appear in syndicated media and national press, corporate newsletters and publications for medical professionals.
About Susie's Work (SPECIAL: ORDER 5--GET 1 FREE!)

NOTE: Relax...Intuit(tm)L.L.C. offers support as an adjunct to, but not a substitute for, professional health care. Copyright©2000, 2004 All rights reserved. For permission to reprint call 1-888-NOW-RELAX or email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.