Hello Nantucket, I’m Natalie Ciminero, your host for the Wellness portion of Nantucket Pulse programming, made possible by Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative.

Nantucket Pulse Wellness program highlights essential resources to help us balance our new way of living… taking care of ourselves, each other, AND connecting to those who can help us during this pandemic.

This week, we are joined by Tess de Alberdi, Executive Director of FairwindsNantucket Counseling Center. She will discuss Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR)—an anxiety-reduction technique first introduced by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the 1930s. The technique involves alternating tension and relaxation in all of the body’s major muscle groups. If you practice this technique correctly, you may even end up falling asleep. Tess will demonstrate by teaching some of these techniques to Robin London, Fairwinds’s advancement assistant.  She will also give us a quick overview of how anxiety can negatively affect physical health and wellbeing, and tell us about some free apps available for our smartphones to address anxiety.

Let’s take a look… 

THAT WAS GREAT TESS!  I followed along as well, and feel much better, thank you.  To watch this episode and get the links to the APPS Tess just told us about any time, look for this episode in the NantucketPulse Wellness series Playlist on nctv18.org.

You will notice at the end of this episode local island groups giving rounds of applause to health care workers on Nantucket and around the world!  If your team is meeting on zoom or google hangouts, please record yourselves saying who you are and give a shout out and round of applause to our frontline heroes, and send them to info@nctv18.org

We will continue with our series aimed at keeping everyone connected and maintaining a healthy balance under the guidance of our local health professionals. That’s all for now, I’m Natalie Ciminero, your host of the Wellness portion of Nantucket Pulse —I’ll be back next week. And in the meantime remember, too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring….all which have the potential to turn a life around. My friends, we’re all going to get through this together, so take good care of yourselves and each other.