‘Lose and Win For Life’, Southern Ohio Medical Center’s nine-week class series dealing with ‘Stress Management and Problems Solving’ at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Cinnamon Wellington, of ‘The Happy Pot,’ was a special guest.
Facilitated by Dawn Richards, who has been leading the class series said having Wellington as a guest and incorporating pottery painting into the Lose and Win For Life class was fabulous.
“We had such a marvelous time today with Cinnamon, from the Happy Pot, ” Richards said. “All of the participants thoroughly enjoyed the painting of the pottery. The class today dealt with the topic of Stress Management, which is something that requires effort and strategy. We discussed the fundamentals of stress management, good, sound problem solving in order to get a handle on the stress that tries to impede our progress.”
Cinnamon Wellington, owner of The Happy Pot, 1420 13th Street Suite 215, West Portsmouth, said painting can be very therapeutic.
“Today I came to paint pottery, to show the women how painting can help to relieve stress, and help them to see how creativity came help to promote a healthy lifestyle,” Wellington said. “When you are painting something, you are focusing so much attention on your art or your craft, that the things that were weighing you down just kind of slip through. It just relaxes your soul, and you are free to just create. After an hour or two hours, you forget what you were upset to begin with.”
Wellington also said she found the information discussed at the Lose and Win For Life session to be very inspirational.
“It was so inspiring, so inspiring,” Wellington said. “Just to hear Miss Richards speak, and how it even related to my own life it made me a little teary-eyed, because I think it was all great information that we can use in our own lives. How to walk away, how to control your stress levels so that you will be a more productive person, and a healthier person.”
Symptoms of stress, according to Richards include the following:
- Get headaches
- Have a bad temper
- Can’t sleep
- Feel sad and down
- Want to eat constantly
- Don’t want to eat at all
- Stomach is upset
- Want to be alone
- Drink or smoke more
- Become a couch potato
- Can’t get anything done
Richard provided the Lose and Win class with tips to reduce stress:
- Manage your time by staying organized
- Share some of the work load with other
- Set goals you can reach one step at at time
- Reach out to people for help or just to talk
- Try not to get upset about things that do not matter
- Think about the good things in your life
- Go for a walk or get your body moving
- Accept things you cannot change
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