Transforming your life to become less stressed

Transforming your life to become less stressed

Newspaper: The Dryden Observer
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2005
© 2005 The Dryden Observer. Reprinted with permission.

Wellness and nutritional consultant Rosalie Moscoe is no stranger to the stage. But the former Juno-nominated children’s performer has a new focus these days – helping people manage stress and achieve balance in their busy lives.

If the near-capacity crowd who filed into the Dryden Community Auditorium was any indication, it appears that everybody and their neighbour is looking for answers to help make their lives less stressful.

Just minutes before Moscoe walks onstage, she is keenly aware of her own elevated heart rate, a cup of calming herbal tea in her grasp.

“It (stress) sends the body into a cascade of chemical reaction,” she said. “It’s the fight or flight syndrome – your heart beats faster, your reflexes are heightened. This is good, but if it keeps up all the time, it’s hard on the body. There’s more cortisol in your body, more glucose in your liver – your body is working an overload.”
Moscoe’s presentation, ‘The Hurried Person Transformed’, is a comprehensive approach to putting oneself on the path towards balance through nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques and organization. She says poor nutrition can exacerbate stress effect on the body.

“If you’re not supporting your body with the proper vitamins and minerals in vegetables and fruits – if you’re just eating a bunch of junk food – you’re doing all this work to digest this food that isn’t good for you and you’ll end up being exhausted,” she said. “Eating badly when you’re under stress makes you worse because you don’t have the energy to recuperate.”

Following the work of Texas-based obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Brent Bost – Moscoe says. ‘Type E’ women (characterized by their attempts to be everything to everybody), could be putting themselves on the path to depression, if they don’t take the time to focus on the needs of their own bodies.

She recommends scaling back, eating better, enrolling their kids in fewer evening activities and taking time to pamper themselves.

Become unhurried is a process Moscoe says has to be done a little at a time.

“One thing at a time,” she said. “You have to think about what you’re ready to do. Maybe it’s your body or nutrition. It could be your friendships. You have to work on what’s right for you.”