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April 1, 2018 The Kamloops Self-Advocate Ways to De-Stress By Shandi Pace Stress is a part of our daily lives. Worrying about so many daily activities at once can lead to severe physical effects in the future. Ranging from health issues to irritability, it’s important to be aware to what may be causing your stress. For the most part, you can’t change the source of your stress, however you can change how you deal with it. There’s truly no way to live a completely stressfree life, but these are a few tips on how to stay relaxed. Exercise is a simple way to relieve your body’s pent up energy. Even by doing just 30 minutes of activity a day your overall mood will change dramatically. Self-paced exercises tend to get the best results. Best exercises to try: Yoga, High-Energy Activities (running, dancing), Tai Chi. Healthy eating ensures that the body has energy and nutrients it needs to maintain concentration and for the brain to function properly. Although junk food might taste better, superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals that will leave you feeling less bloated. Best foods to try: Asparagus, avocado, blueberries, salmon, almonds. Get some sleep! Make sure your body isn’t getting in the way of your ability to reciprocate in stressful situations by heading to bed earlier. Your mood can also be altered depending on how much sleep you’ve had. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night is what’s recommended most. Tips to try: Unplug all electronics 10- 15 minutes before bed. Read a book or magazine to tire yourself out. Try heading to bed earlier. Make sure your room is as dark as possible. Talk it out. Opening discussing what’s on your mind with a trusted family member or friend helps introduce a new point of view. If more attention is needed, seek out support groups or check out Ability Online’s forums with multiple mentors always available. Keeping a journal is another way to also “talk it out” if the problem is more personal. Do something you love. Always take time out of your day to do the things you love the most. If something is causing an issue, take short breaks and step back from what’s causing you stress. Most like to listen to music, take a nap, colour in an adult colouring book, take a bath or play video games. Regularly make time for whatever it is you enjoy most. Schedule your time accordingly. Make a list of priorities you want to accomplish over the span of a week. Organizing your time and not taking on too many responsibilities will lower your stress. Also, allow for time to do your favourite hobbies and interests. Stay Positive. Living life to the fullest is the most straightforward way to cut stress out of your life. Studies show that laughter lowers the levels of stress hormones and reduces inflammation in the arteries. Overall, having a positive attitude will not only reflect how you feel, but the people around you as well. Taken from: http://abilityonlineblog.blo gspot.ca/2018/01/ways-tode-stress-by-shandipace.html 4

April 1, 2018 The Kamloops Self-Advocate Banana-Chocolate Chip Sheet-Pan Pancake Ingredients Pancake 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 cups milk ½ cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup mashed ripe banana (1 medium) ½ cup miniature chocolate chips Toppings 3 firm medium bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 3 cups) ½ cup chopped walnuts ¼ cup real maple syrup Steps 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. 2. In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until blended; set aside. 3. In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla and 1/2 cup mashed banana with whisk until blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until just blended (batter will be lumpy). Pour into pan. Sprinkle chips on top. 4. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown, center is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack 10 minutes. Top with Toppings. If desired, serve with additional maple syrup. For success in this recipe, different stages of ripeness in bananas works best—firm bananas for slicing, and ripe bananas for mashing. Taken from: https://www.bettycrocker.co m/recipes/bananachocolate-chip-sheet-panpancake/ What Inclusion and Diverse Abilities Mean to Me By Krystian Inclusion means being friends with people of all walks of life. No one should be excluded because of their color, nationality, religion or challenges in life. Diverse Abilities is a term that means to focus on abilities rather than disabilities. Although you might have a challenge in one area, you still have many abilities. Always keep in mind, your abilities outweigh your challenges. That's why I’m grateful that the Best Buddies international program exists, because they encourage everyone to make longer lasting friendships for people with developmental disabilities. Best Buddies is an example of a program that is a non-profit and matches people up to make friendships. People need friendships with a mixture of people. If people would let their guard down and talk to someone who is different from themselves, they would be surprised about how much you have in common. For example, if you meet someone who is in a wheelchair but you are fortunate enough to walk, talk to them. They may have many of the same likes as you do. What sports do they enjoy or what music do they like? If you meet someone who has learning disabilities, don’t assume you have nothing in common with them. They might not be book smart, but might be street smart, even more than you are. Those who can’t see have a lot to offer to those of us who can see. We have no idea of the tricks they find to make life easier for themselves. We can all learn from everyone. Making friendships with people who have different abilities than we do will enlighten our lives and teach us more 5

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