Have we or haven’t we learned how to cope with stress and anxiety? It’s been a popular subject for years, but there’s always an appetite for more, perhaps some de-stressing, anxiety-proof technique to ease the panic of losing keys or a credit card or worse. For the finale of its Spring Community Health Series, The Greens at Cannondale’s topic was “Coping with Stress or Anxiety.” The speaker was Lateef Habib, clinical coordinator of outpatient service in Behavioral Health at Norwalk Hospital.
Mr. Habib started with a 12-minute exercise in relaxation that combined a darkened room, soft music, a photograph of a flickering candle, and his silken voice asking everyone to get into a comfortable position and close their eyes. (Note: Crossing legs or arms impedes circulation. Don’t do it.) His gentle voice guided the audience into a visualization of a candle, melting drop by drop, releasing tension in every part of the body. Sure enough, most everyone felt better.