Let’s re­lieve some stress!


Novem­ber is the season of thanks and that’s fol­lowed by De­cem­ber, the season of joy and cel­e­bra­tion. Un­for­tu­nately what also comes in abun­dance dur­ing this time of year is stress, and that’s not good. Stress is linked to all lead­ing causes of death and should not be taken for granted. As Real­tors, par­tic­u­larly a hus­band-and­wife team 100 per­cent ded­i­cated to the pro­fes­sion, we know a lot about stress. Ca­reerCast.com’s an­nual Jobs Re­lated Re­port an­a­lyzes the stress lev­els of 200 pro­fes­sions and real-es­tate agents are of­ten ranked in the top ten. Com­plex trans­ac­tions, an­swer­ing to clients 24/7, and un­cer­tain market con­di­tions all take a toll on the hu­man spirit. Over a decade ago we made a very con­scious ef­fort to re­duce stress in our lives and here are some of the ways we do it.

Get out­doors! Hik­ing, bik­ing, bird­watch­ing, piñon-gath­er­ing, mush­room-hunt­ing, fly-fish­ing, skiing, you name it. For­tu­nately for Santa Feans, all of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able right out­side the front door. Sim­ply spend­ing time in na­ture will lift your spir­its and make you feel great. Last month was one of the long­est fall fo­liage sea­sons we have had in a long time. Walk­ing along a moun­tain trail with col­or­ful aspen leaves blow­ing around and the hint of win­ter in the air is ab­so­lutely heav­enly.

Get your yoga on. Achy joints, sore backs, weight gain, weight loss, and of course stress— for what­ever ails you, try yoga and see if it helps. Yoga has ex­ploded in pop­u­lar­ity in the United States and for good rea­son: it works. This growing pop­u­lar­ity can be traced in part to Bikram Choud­hury who cod­i­fied a se­ries of 26 hatha yoga pos­tures and founded the Yoga Col­lege of In­dia. Bikram is like the Bruce Lee of yoga: bold, brash, and con­tro­ver­sial, but un­de­ni­ably a mas­ter and the lead­ing au­thor­ity with over a mil­lion peo­ple prac­tic­ing world­wide.

Santa Fe’s Hot Yoga, which has been in busi­ness for 18 years, is at 1310 Mon­terey Drive and is owned by Leti­ti­aWatts. She and her staff of ex­pert in­struc­tors teach classes ev­ery day, so stop in and try it. If hot hatha yoga is not for you, try a class in yin yoga, a ther­a­peu­tic and med­i­ta­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that stretches lig­a­ments and ten­dons by sim­ply hold­ing pos­tures for sev­eral min­utes. You will feel the im­prove­ment af­ter just one class.

“Be­come like wa­ter, my friend” is a fa­mous quote from Bruce Lee and mar­tial arts is a more ex­otic way to re­duce stress. Like yoga, the mar­tial arts have been handed down through lin­eage-hold­ers over thou­sands of years and to­day there are many dif­fer­ent styles to choose. The Santa Fe Amer­i­can Kenpo Karate Academy (AKKA) at 4323 Air­port road is owned by the young yet ven­er­a­ble Colter Gol­li­hugh. Self-de­fense, spar­ring, and kata are dis­ci­plines in which you will progress and mas­ter at your own pace. Mr. Gol­li­hugh teaches lunch-hour and evening classes. It’s good for the whole fam­ily and, in­ter­est­ingly, kids who study mar­tial arts have bet­ter con­fi­dence and get bet­ter grades in school.

In the spirit of the season, we are thank­ful for liv­ing in the beau­ti­ful city of Santa Fe with its un­re­stricted ac­cess to na­ture and es­pe­cially thank­ful for all the won­der­ful peo­ple we share it with. We would like to ex­press a very spe­cial thank you to Leti­ti­aWatts and Colter Gol­li­hugh. They con­trib­ute to Santa Fe in a pos­i­tive way that has helped our fam­ily and many oth­ers stay healthy, happy, and of course, stress free.

Roger andMelissa are Real­tors at Keller Wil­liams. Melissa was the 2017 pres­i­dent of the Santa Fe As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. Call them at 505-699-3112, email twicethe­selling­[email protected], or fol­low them on Twit­ter @ Car­so­nandCar­son and at www. face­book.com/car­so­nandcar­son.santafe­r­ealestate

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