Dancing with stress, managing the overload

SUN Columnist

Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results.

Ever feel that way, work that way, live that way? Many of us do. Every year, we often set up New Year’s resolutions and don’t keep the resolutions, falter and just quit.

On Feb. 20 at The Springs Resort and Spa at the EcoLuxe, the Chamber of Commerce will host the first in a three-part series dealing with improvement, wellness and business-oriented seminars, dedicated to women.

The first seminar is geared toward working on your wellness — physical and mental. Dr. Nicola St. Mary of Pura Vida Health Care will be one of our speakers. She will touch on topics such as improving your self-worth by using more self care, techniques to manage your stress differently, how old patterns and beliefs cause stress and much more. St. Mary specializes in health practices that affect your mental and physical well-being. We all have stress in our lives: deadlines, family and work commitments, peer pressure. How you deal with these stresses can be managed. How to say “no” — something I need to learn.

The second guest speaker will be Puja Parsons, co-owner of Growing Spaces here in Pagosa Springs. Puja has been teaching and implementing wellness practices in corporate environments for over 25 years. As an employer, you should look at sending either yourself or perhaps an employee or two to this session. Treat your employees to an afternoon of wellness. If you have seen an employee with some personal or homelife stress, reward them with an admission ticket to the seminar — it is only $7. You may have a happier, healthier and more productive employee on your hands.

After the two speakers finish, there will be a networking and social hour for the attendees. This is often when the most information is exchanged, new relationships are made, and attendees can digest what they have learned. The “Dancing with Stress” seminar begins at 4 p.m. with the first speaker. The second speaker begins at approximately 5:15. If you are not able to attend the first session, please attend the second session and the social hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It is still well worth the $7 admission fee. There is limited seating available at the first session. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.pagosaspringschamber.com or you can reserve your seat by calling 264-2360.

WinterFest weekend

In this week’s PREVIEW, there is a listing of all the WinterFest activities occurring Feb. 7-10. There is something for everyone, both participants and spectators.

Not only the Chamber, but other organizations have worked hard to bring the community some fun and free events. Many thanks to the Nordic Club, Step Outdoors, the Ross Aragon Community Center and Buckwild Productions for all their efforts in providing fun, family entertainment to celebrate our winter season.

Get out there and participate, or come out, spectate and cheer the participants, whether it be at the sled race or the Penguin Plunge. There are more than 25 entries in the Chilly Bowl contest, from some of Pagosa’s best restaurants and cooks. The event will benefit local food banks, so don’t miss out on some live music and great food while helping out several of our valuable community organizations. For more WinterFest information on times and locations, check the Chamber website at www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Membership news

We have a few Chamber membership renewals this week, including: Ski & Bow Rack, Eagle Mountain Mercantile, Black Swan Antiques and Collectibles, Pagosa Realty Rentals, Curtains Up Pagosa!, the Pagosa Springs Kiwanis Club, and Crossroad Christian Fellowship.

We hope people will get out and enjoy the WinterFest weekend activities and music. Enjoy all the seasons Pagosa has to offer.

This story was posted on February 7, 2013.