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Techniques for Stress Relief

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Stress is a common cause of several physical, mental and emotional health issues like muscle tension and soreness, sadness and headaches. However, there are several ways to fight off stress. For example, finding ways to incorporate simple stretches into your daily routine offers respite from tight muscles and fosters positive feelings that improve physical wellbeing.

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, experts from AdventHealth and the Center for Health & Wellbeing dive into the physical and emotional impact while sharing ways to manage – and thrive – in life’s stressful situations.

First, Dr. Luis Allen, a psychiatry specialist at AdventHealth’s Center for Behavioral Health, covers the long-term effects of stress on your body.

Then, Sara Wright, Wellbeing Guide at the Center for Health & Wellbeing and a personal trainer at the Crosby Wellness Center, guides you in a series of gentle stretches designed to promote relaxation and relief from everyday stressors. The stretches covered during this program are perfect for those hours sitting at home or at work. Stretches can be completed while seated or standing.

This program is presented by Dr. Luis Allen and Sara Wright, and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation in collaboration with AdventHealth.

About the Program Presenters
About Dr. Luis Allen, AdventHealth MD

Dr. Luis Allen and the staff at the Center for Behavioral Health provide comprehensive psychiatric services to residents of Winter Park and the surrounding communities. Dr. Allen has been associated with AdventHealth’s Center for Behavioral Health since 1997, serving as its Medical Director since 1998. Dr. Allen is board certified in general and geriatric psychiatry and holds academic appointment at Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, and St. Matthew’s University. He is a firm believer in community involvement and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer & Dementia Resource Center, is a Maturing Minds™ advisory committee member, and volunteers at Shepherd’s Hope, a non-denominational health care organization. Dr. Allen holds additional training in Electro Convulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, both used as treatment resistant options to depression.

About Sara Wright, Wellbeing Guide for the Center for Health & Wellbeing and Personal Fitness for the Crosby Wellness Center

Sara Wright serves as the wellbeing guide for the Center for Health and Wellbeing. She works directly with community members in administration of the Wellbeing Survey, a diagnostic tool that encourages reflection on one’s overall wellbeing as related to the Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing (Intellectual, Spiritual, Physical, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Environmental.) Sara interprets the results of the Wellbeing Survey and creates an individualized plan to help each community member on their personal wellbeing journey. Sara has more than twenty years of professional experience including the following areas of expertise: social services, health education, community relations, management, personal training and fitness coaching. She earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling and two bachelor’s degrees. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals and achieve self-empowerment.

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