Sponsored by 'Ekahi Health
Stress Management is one of the four pillars used by ‘Ekahi Health to manage diabetes and prevent heart disease. In the spirit Stress Awareness month, which is recognized during the month of April, HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is learning about how to best manage stress.
Stress can come in many forms, and the response can be both physical and emotional. Stress may cause tension, anxiety, irritability and sleep deprivation. More importantly, the effects can be physiological, putting you at risk for disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, stroke and more.
An easy way to reduce stress at home is to relax the rhythm of your heart with slow and deep breathing. Postures are healing movements that bring you back into the experience of your own body. This can be done either by sitting upright or laying down. Practicing slow and gentle movements can help to improve flexibility and blood flow to and from your heart while lowering your blood pressure and improve overall circulation. Focusing your mind on one object such as your breath, a word or creating imagery through meditation can slow your mind and body while also lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
‘Ekahi Health offers two wellness programs, one being ‘Ekahi Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. It’s a comprehensive lifestyle modification program that can prevent, reduce, or even reverse heart disease and other chronic conditions. It is a 9-week program, consisting of 18 four-hour sessions, that helps participants live healthier, happier lives by addressing four key elements:
– Nutrition (plant-based diet)
– Exercise (aerobic and anaerobic exercise)
– Stress Management (yoga and meditation)
– Group Support (empathetic listening and building connections)
The second program is ‘Ekahi Wellness, an innovative approach to diabetes care management. Through this program, patients have access to 24/7 monitoring and diabetes care management, customized diabetes education, laboratory testing services, stress management courses, and more all under one roof. Its team at ‘Ekahi helps patients to evaluate their medical history, medications and provide adjustments.