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Bill Semmer and Joanne Semmer and San Carlos Island residents have won their appeal to the Bay Harbor Marina project.

We heard late yesterday afternoon as we were about to go to press with this current paper.

The Semmers, have homes near the Main Street development, they have opposed the project at numerous hearings. but the marina and housing project gained approval from the Lee County Board of County Commissioners in June last summer, by a vote of 4-1.

“We feel the Citizens of the San Carlos Island Community did not get a fair and just decision at the June 17th County Commissioners meeting regarding the land use change for (the) Bay Harbour Marina Village project,” Ms. Semmer stated.

The citizens weren't even given the proposed settlement document, which was discussed at the hearing, until after the hearing after a public records request
“We believe in the State of Florida legal system and look forward to a fair and honest hearing of all the facts by the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings Administrative Law Judge." she said at that time.

The Semmers are okay with the marina aspect of the business and have no objection to that, but not with the 100-foot tower and commercial space on the property currently housing Southern Comfort Storage, Ms. Semmer said. “The legally adopted procedures and rules of Lee County have been ignored in favor of the developer,” she had stated.

And now they won their appeal!

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This should be front page news for Fort Myers Beach and all of Lee County since it involves Fort Myers Beach/Lee County School children. Unfortunately our hard copy hit the street this morning and we just received this from Tracey Gore
 
A request to rezone residential to hotel/retail/ restaurant with outdoor seating and consumption on premises of alcohol next to a Lee County Elementary School, park, community pool, rec center, library, church and little league ballfields?
 
Deviation to allow back out parking (with the addition of consumption on premises of alcohol), where children walk to and from a Lee County Elementary School/ ball fields/ rec center/ community pool/ etc...  (full request below)
 
This is going to Fort Myers Beach Town Council Monday 3/1/2021.
 
FMB Town staff recommends denial... FMB LPA recommends approval?
This is irresponsible. Areas like this with children should be protected.
Town of Fort Myers Beach Council should listen to their staff and deny this absurd request! 
 
 
 
 
B. DCI 2020-0009 Myerside CPD Rezoning Ordinance First Reading
Open the public hearing and if approved, set the second reading and final hearing for April 5, 2021 at 9:00 AM
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:46

Fort Myers Beach Town Council Meeting Report

Action by Fort Myers Beach Town Council at its regular meeting on Monday, earlier this monts, involved enhancements of the Mooring Field, an upcoming traffic signal at Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevard, and appointments to two of the Town’s advisory boards, among other items.

Public comment was about Lee County’s plans for the Big Carlos Pass Bridge, consulting with FWC to find out if window tinting is an option for compliance with turtle lighting regulations, the ongoing dune walkover dispute, report from the Town Attorney that mask mandates have been ruled constitutional, conducting landscaper fertilizer training modeled after the City of Sanibel’s, joining with Lee County to receive FEMA funding to help pay utilities for lower income families that have been impacted by COVID, and confirmation that pan handling is illegal in the Town.

Council approved Resolution 21-02 to update the Matanzas Mooring Field Management Plan and add language about the expansion of the Mooring Field. These actions were necessary for the Town to complete the final steps in the permitting process with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the expansion. The Army Corps of Engineers has already approved the engineering permit.

This expansion has been in the planning stages since 2019, when it was first approved by Town Council. It encompasses the west side of Matanzas Pass Bridge and adds approximately 19 mooring systems. The added systems allow for accommodating vessels up to 80 feet, increasing the current vessel limit of 52 feet.

Related to Mooring Field, Town Councilors approved Resolution 21-04 authorizing the Town Manager or his designee to apply for and administer a grant from the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). If received, this grant would provide up to $200,000. A $100,000 match would be required by the Town, to be budgeted for in the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year’s cycle. The grant would be through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and could be available after October 1, 2021.

In other business, Council approved a contract of $75,572.82 for construction engineering inspection on the new traffic signal with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. This approval authorizes the Town Manager to execute contract documents from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This is the Town’s first Local Agency Planning (LAP) project which provides reimbursement from FDOT for construction and construction engineering inspection.

Rebecca Guidry was appointed by Council to the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB). Council also appointed six members to the new Nuisance Abatement Board (NAB). NAB members appointed were Anita Cereceda, Charles Meador, Jr., Dawn Thomas, Jan Fleming, Monica Schmucker, and Tre Gillette. Schmucker was chosen as the chairperson.

Other agenda items:
• Recommendation to Lee County of two possible locations at Lynn Hall and Bowditch Point Parks for a scaled-down, single version of the original arches previously located on San Carlos Island;
• Acquisition of the Town’s pension and deferred compensation plans for employees by Envestnet Retirement Solutions, from Mass Mutual;
• Authorization of the Town’s voluntary, no-cost participation in the proposed Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact;
• Recap of the public hearing conducted by Lee County about plans for the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of Estero Island; Town Council decided not to join with the City of

Bonita Springs to advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction of a 60-foot bridge to replace the current bridge.

The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard. (The President’s Day federal holiday is Monday, February 15.) In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19, Council meetings are social distanced with reduced audience capacity. Masks or other face-coverings are mandatory.

Council meetings are broadcast live on the Town’s YouTube channel and Comcast Channel 98.

Visit the Town’s website at www.fmbgov.com, click on the title Mayor and Council, then go to Meetings & Agendas. Agendas and minutes of meetings are also available at that link.

To find out when Council meetings are scheduled, visit the Town’s website, and scroll down the homepage to the calendar.

Keep up on meeting schedules by signing up to receive emails through the website’s Notify Me feature. Find that feature under the Popular Pages column on the homepage.

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Friday, 12 February 2021 09:47

A Tribute to Mary Wilson of the Supremes

 

 

A couple days ago, I found myself humming along to a Supremes song.

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Mary, back in the day of the Supremes

Then I did what everyone does today, in the age of the internet: I logged onto YouTube, found a music video and lost myself in some vintage footage of the 1960s supergroup performing some of their greatest hits.

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Mary had a romance with Tom Jones for 2 years

It was a soulful trip down memory lane, and I lingered online for some time, soaking up images of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard performing much-loved, high-energy favorites such as "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Baby Love."

Hours later, in an eerie stroke of coincidence, I learned that singer Mary Wilson had died that same day at age 76. Ms. Wilson was one of the group's original members, and the news sent chills down my spine. The timing was uncanny. It was the end of an era, and I felt deep sorrow.

For me, the news that we lost Mary was personal. Years ago, I had the rare opportunity to spend time with her when we connected by chance at the Harbor View Hotel in Martha's Vineyard where we were both staying. We spent an entire afternoon together and she regaled me with stories from her illustrious career in the entertainment business. We talked about collaboration on a TV show from her Las Vegas location, as well as politics, business and global traveling. We laughed, and we connected on a personal and spiritual level. Serendipity, perhaps. All I know is that it was unforgettable.

Mary was a warmhearted woman with an incredible soul and a magnetism that matched her amazing talent. The music she and her bandmates produced as The Supremes brought immeasurable joy to millions of people.

In the days since her passing, I have reflected on the lessons we can all learn from Mary Wilson's trailblazing life. And there are many.

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Mary Wilson after she sang national anthem in Detroit april 4 2019

First of all, time is short. Never wait to cherish the people who make your life special. Too often, we fail to appreciate the people we admire and respect until they are gone, and then it is too late.

It is so essential that we celebrate and cherish the time we have with the unique people who make this world a more beautiful, happy and joyous place through their God-given talents. Music has the power to transcend and create connections between people and to lift us up in the times when we need it most.

When life seems grim and the future looks bleak, an inspiring lyric and a catchy tune is often all we need to turn things around. In our moments of greatest joy, we express happiness through the celebration of music, a universal language. Mary's passing reminded me of this.

Also, Mary's passing is a stark reminder that America's world influence is not solely derived from our democracy and national principles. Our global impact is also rooted in the sheer genius of our people. There is no country in the world that has our power to effect change and to impact lives through the creativity of entertainment.

As I reflect on Mary Wilson and the legacy of her amazing life, I am reminded that her talent, success and bold determination to blaze new paths are representative of those elements that make America truly special. This is a unique country where people of talent and brilliance can share their gifts with the world, not just with their immediate audience.

They can transcend borders and truly lift up people all across the world.

As we say goodbye to Mary, I will continue to celebrate her legacy of love, life and music. The memory of her joyful energy and that special day we shared long ago will always remain in my heart.

To celebrate and commemorate her astounding life, I encourage you to play one of her CDs or call up a song by The Supremes on YouTube. Take a moment to listen to this impactful, creative woman at work: It will bring a smile to your face as you escape into yesteryear.

Thank you, Mary, for the beautiful and everlasting gift of your musical genius. Your timeless legacy will live on forever.

Armstrong Williams

Flippers on the Bay is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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It has been named the “Best Waterfront Restaurant” on Ft. Myers Beach by USA Today and provides picturesque views of the Bay in an alfresco flip setting which allows you to watch the dolphins play while you enjoy incredable meals prepared by Chef Juan Cruz flipp6flippflipp0flipp4flipp8flip9

 and the Rum drinks and Martinis  are our favorites!

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The casual setting is the perfect backdrop to an American menu that surprises and delights the palate.

It's a little more upscale, and the food is supurb, the ambience is beautiful, and the service is unmatch in this area. 

 

Tell them that Bobby, from the Sun Bay Paper recommended them highly! 

Bobby. 

 

Thursday, 04 February 2021 18:09

The 7-Day All-Cash Challenge

This morning while waiting for my car to fill up, I put the time to good use. I read all the hazard warnings. 
 
I couldn't help but think how much better off we might be if there were similar warning signs posted in stores, restaurants and malls warning of the hazards of plastic. ATM, debit and credit cards can be every bit as hazardous to our financial health as fumes, and improper handling of gasoline fuel can be to one's physical health. 
 
The vicious cycle of plastic-induced debt begins subtly. Before you know it, you're knee deep in the accumulation of things, all the while losing something precious called financial freedom.
 
There is a cure for the plastic disease. Put yourself on a cash diet. Here's my challenge: No plastic whatsoever for the next seven days. Of course, you shouldn't send cash through the mail, but I'm talking about day-to-day living. 
 
Can you do it? Of course you can. I have no doubt whatsoever that in the absence of plastic, your life would go on. Your family would not starve and you would become very creative indeed.
 
I know what you're thinking. That's too inconvenient -- and that's the point. If spending money were not so convenient, maybe all of us would keep more of it. 
 
Experts tell us based on credible studies and statistics that when we shop and live dependent on electronic payments for everything from groceries to gas to the daily coffee -- and on and on and on -- we simply spend more. It's the convenience factor. It's mindless to just swipe the plastic for everything without engaging and focusing on the true cost of things.
 
Are you ready to take the challenge? Great. Find a safe place for your plastic and just get it out of reach. Hand it over to a trusted friend or relative. Or freeze all of it in a big block of ice. Nothing will be harmed, your cards will be safe, so no worries there.
 
As you are able to pry yourself from plastic, you will experience a new sense of well-being and freedom. It's called living within your means, paying as you go, spending only what you have, delayed gratification. 
 
There's something remarkable about living with cash. Suddenly, you're really paying for things -- not creating a promise to pay when the bill arrives. 
 
You are touching and feeling the sensation of that thing known as money. You'll intuitively start paying attention to how much that fast-food lunch costs because you'll be handing over currency and coins, not merely swiping plastic while you enjoy the music or exchange pleasantries with the guy in line behind you. 
 
As you cruise the supermarket, the actual prices of things will begin to capture your attention. You'll compare the prices and notice which items are on sale. You'll keep checking your pocket to make sure you have enough to pay as your cart fills up. 
 
Plastic has a way of shielding us from what things really cost. That might feel good at the time, but it's like living in a fantasy world. Paying with cash clears away all the fog and keeps it real.
 
Let the challenge begin.
 
Mary Hunt
Saturday, 30 January 2021 20:07

Choice Market Food Bank’s Annual Fundraiser

Choice Market Food Bank is the only food pantry serving the families in need on Fort Myers Beach. This is your community food pantry and they are asking you to join them in their mission to feed those in need, especially now. Craig Nelms, (above and below) has been volunteering at the market for the past 11 years and has been running the market for the past 10 years... the whole time as a volunteer! Kudos bro!

Their annual fundraiser is going on now and they would like for you to join them in the fight against hunger.

One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution will stay here on the beach and aids in their effort to feed the beach.

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(L to R) Craig with volunteers Lee Gardner and Robert Walker

Craig wanted to make sure we mentioned another volunteer:

Mechell Player, who wasn’t available for the photo above, Thanks Mechell!

 

 

This year was extra busy at the Choice Market with more people and families in need of food and personal hygiene. It has taken a toll on the finances that are needed to keep the market going. Also, they had to buy up to 60% more items at retail price, leaving the market in dire need to replenish funds.

Their goal is to raise 8,000 dollars more to allow them to get through this year since Harry Chapin Food Bank has significantly less food this year to distribute to other smaller food banks .

Choice market feeds, on average 1083 mouths per month, which they told me, totals out to be over 100,000 pounds of food. And as you can imagine, due to the Covid Pandemic there is even a greater need in our community now.

Please consider a monetary donation to help feed your community. Checks should be made payable to 'Beach Baptist,' with a note in the memo line that reads “Choice Market Hunger Drive”.

Or if you want to donate any unopened, non perishable goods, such as Dried and Canned Beans, Nut Butters, Dried Fruits and Vegetables, Canned Fish or Poultry, Nuts and or Pumpkin Seed, Grains, Canned Vegetables and Fruits, Jerky, Granola Bars, Protein bars and Canned and/or Dried Soups are just a few good examples of non perishables they always can use too.

Again, your generosity will directly impact families on Fort Myers Beach.

They would like to thank you, in advance, for your generosity and partnering with Choice Market in the fight to help end hunger on our island.
You can reach Craig at 239-362-7500 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Market is in the back of Beach Baptist Church by the playground

130 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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Saturday, 30 January 2021 17:53

The Day The Music Died

Rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on February 3rd, 1959.

The flight was headed for Moorhead, Minnesota. Investigators blamed the crash on bad weather and pilot error. Holly and his band, the Crickets, had just scored a No. 1 hit with “That’ll Be the Day.”

After mechanical difficulties with the tour bus, Holly had chartered a plane for his band to fly between stops on the Winter Dance Party Tour. However, Richardson, who had the flu, convinced Holly’s band member Waylon Jennings to give up his seat, and Ritchie Valens won a coin toss for another seat on the plane.

Holly, born Charles Holley in Lubbock, Texas, and just 22 when he died, began singing country music with high school friends before switching to rock and roll after opening for various performers, including Elvis Presley. By the mid-1950s, Holly and his band had a regular radio show and toured internationally, playing hits like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy!,” “Maybe Baby” and “Early in the Morning.” Holly wrote all his own songs, many of which were released after his death and influenced such artists as Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.

Another crash victim, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, 28, started out as a disk jockey in Texas and later began writing songs. Richardson’s most famous recording was the rockabilly “Chantilly Lace,” which made the Top 10. He developed a stage show based on his radio persona, “The Big Bopper.”

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The first day of Chinese New Year varies every year, much like our Easter celebration does.

The Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February.20 . In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox..

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Throughout history, Chinese Lunar New Year activities started as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve, but these days a week before is more usual, and this year, it will be celebrated on Feb 6th.at the Mercato lawn area from 11am to 4pm.

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar New Year celebrations.

This years festival is Presented by the Asian Professionals Association of SWFL (APASWFL ) ASIA FEST 2021

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This will be a fun-filled day filled with rich Asian Culture! Dancers and musicians with a wide variety of performances, Special Activities, Asian Cuisine &Vendors, Featured Guests and an Asian Parade too!

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ASIA FEST 2021 is an event where different Asian communities come together and showcase crafts, performance arts, their various customs and cultures from countries and regions from Asia. These communities come together at this festival to share their Heritage!

And all proceeds go to APASWFL SCHOLORSHIPS for outstanding Asian-American Senior Students.

The Festival will showcase crafts, performances, customs & cultures from countries and ethnic regions from Asia.

Your health and safety is our PRIORITY. APASWFL is one of the elite organization that has earned the RESTART SWFL Seal of Confidence. A campaign to bring a renewed sense of confidence and prosperity to the region through which business owners pledge to adhere to a set of four standards involving health, business and ethical practices and to participate in two business or health-related discussions to earn the seal.

All attendees over 2 years of age are required to wear a mask or face shield upon entering the festival. Social distancing must be maintained. Vendors will be required to wear a mask and hand sanitizers will be available at ALL booths. Signage of safety guidelines will be available throughout the event area.

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The festival will feature Alluring Multi-Cultural Dances from China, Indonesia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Philippines, & the Pacific Islands, a Medley of Delectable Asian Cuisine, Enticing Specialty Vendors, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Traditional Lion Dancers, Martial Arts, Tai Chi Demonstration, Plus featured Special Guests, Influencers, Comedians & more. Win prizes by participating in the any of the 3 contests... the Asian Fun Fact Trivia, the Best Asian Costume and the **NEW** Best Asian Themed Mask Contest.

They encourage advance ticket purchase of $6 and have VIP entry access. Ticket sales at the event will be $7 per person over 7 years of age.

We encourage you to wear your favorite Asian Attire and Join our Parade of Cultural Pageantry by our Lovely Local Asian Beauties. The one who receives the most votes will be crowned "Ms. AsiaFest 2021". Vote for your favorite candidate ($1 per vote, after all, this is a fundraiser)!

Bring your chairs, umbrellas & beach throws. Stay a while and enjoy this day of Rich Asian Cultural Showcase. We will have activities & special treats for kids of ALL ages.

If you're interested in being a member or a volunteer, subscribe at our website www.APASWFL.org or www.FaceBook.com/AsiaFestSWFL for additional details.

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Saturday, 30 January 2021 16:20

How To Handle Stress Better

The way our bodies react to stress is actually supposed to be good for us! I know, at first it seems like a weird statement, but it is true! You see in the grand scheme, in our grand design if you will, we react to stress as if it is a life or death situation.... think about that for a moment.... Originally, stress was life threatening! For example...

You’re walking through a jungle, and a tiger jumps out into view "THAT my friends..is STRESS" and all kinds of things start to happen in our bodies.

The stress response begins in the brain, and triggers 'the Fight or Flight" syndrome. Now I'm sure most of you have head that term before, but if not, it's the body preparing itself to either 'Fight' and defend itself from said stress, or prepare itself for 'Flight' and to run away from the stress it is encountering and again, remember, this reaction to stress happens because at our core, we consider stress a life or death situation.

Your body then triggers your sympathetic nervous system.... The adrenal glands respond by pumping the hormone epinephrine otherwise known as adrenaline into the bloodstream, making you stronger and quicker. The heart begins to beat faster than normal, pushing blood into the muscles preparing them for maximum exertion, other vital organs that can store blood do so, in case you're wounded, you would bleed less. You begin to breathe more rapidly. Smaller airways in the lungs open wide allowing the lungs to take in as much oxygen as possible with each breath. This extra oxygen is sent to the brain, increasing alertness. Your sight, hearing, and other senses become sharper. Meanwhile, epinephrine and

Cortisol trigger the release of blood sugar (glucose) and fats from temporary storage sites in the body which flood into the bloodstream, supplying more energy to all cells of the body and they also increase the availability of substances that repair tissues. It also alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system....

Digestion virtually stops, your brain is worried about staying alive, it could care less about undigested food in your stomach...

Hydrocortisone is released as an anti-inflammatory, so if you were to sprain your ankle, it may hurt but it would not swell up so you could still run on it. ...........

All this and much, much more happens .... all in an instant! from having seen the tiger in the woods headed your way.

In that same flash of an instance you have to decide which is it going to be... "Fight" or "Flight" .....let's look a few scenarios...

Case #1, you think the tiger hasn't spotted you yet and you choose "Flight".... at first, backing away slowly, trying to be silent and then when there is a little more distance between you and the tiger, you start running, you run for what seems like forever and finally all of a sudden you stop, and stay very quiet and listen..... you don't hear the tiger following and after a few minutes, you finally think you got away.... the next thing you do is “take a huge deep breath and let out a long audible sigh! and think Pheeeeuuuw,,,, that was a close one.”...the STRESS is over...! this is when your body starts to settle back down! The Para-sympathetic system kicks into gear, also known as the "rest and digest system" normalizing the body's chemicals and hormones, it is the opposite of the fight or flight response. It helps promote equilibrium in the body and allows the body to rest and repair.

Case #2, you think the tiger hasn't spotted you yet and you choose "Flight".... at first, backing away slowly, trying to be silent and then when there is a little more distance between you and the tiger, you start running, but the tiger catches you from behind and eats you....well let's face it, not the outcome we hoped for but.... the STRESS is also over...!

Case #3, you are sure the tiger sees you and as it turns and is now headed towards your way, you know you can't out run it at this point, so you brandish your weapons and the battle begins.... somehow, miraculously... you defeat the tiger with a final death blow to the chest and you both fall to the ground... you.... exhausted, the tiger.......... dead. After a moment to collect your thoughts you take a huge deep breath and let out a long audible sigh! and think Pheeeeuuuw,,,, that was a close one....and the STRESS is over....! You begin to "lick" your wounds, bandage yourself up and same as in case #1, the Para-sympathetic system kicks into gear, normalizing your body.

Case #4.You can probably guess this one.... tiger wins.. eats you and the STRESS is over... ! Point is, whichever the scenario.... there is an end to the stress!

Now the problem with our stress today is there is no end to the stress, because, getting ready for work can be stressful, running late for a meeting is stressful, being in traffic is stress.

There is no END ... it’s just one stress stacked up on another, on another! And remember the part I mentioned about digestion virtually stopping?

And another thing! It doesn't even matter if the stress is real or imagined like when in home alone the little boy goes into the basement and the furnace is trying to eat him..same internal reaction, or you think you hear footsteps behind you on a dark street.... same internal reaction, even when you turn quickly and no one is there.... too late! Fight or Flight has already kicked in!.

Now let's imagine the day of a mother of two school age children, who works at a firm, in accounting from 8am to 2pm, so she can pick her kids from school at 2:30,.....

She wakes up early in the morning has to get herself ready for work, her children ready for school, feed them breakfast, perhaps make a lunch for herself and the kids all before 7:15 when dad takes them to school (let's call that Stress A)

Then after they leave, she gets into her car where she deals with traffic and often road rage, some of her own and some from others before getting to work...normally a half hour drive (let's call that Stress B)

Then she clocks in at 8:03 because today it took over 40 minutes, she thinks, ”late again, what a day it’s been already,” which gets a look from floor manager (small Stress, not worthy of a letter) now she has X amount of work to do before she gets off at 2pm, taking time for a quick sandwich for lunch ... (let's call that Stress C)

Then it's back in the car for some more road rage to pick up her kids because this takes 30 minutes on a good day....(Stress D)

All followed by.... get home, prepare dinner, check if children do their homework Stress, Stress, Stress, Stress, Stress! These stresses continue to build up on top of each other!


So the question is, "How do we deal with stress when it actually is not life threatening and it keeps piling up on itself one stress after another after another?

I'm a L.M.T. a Licensed Massage Therapy provider, and I've been telling that tiger in the jungle story to my clients for the past 20+ years in an attempt to explain how the body reacts to stress especially these days when we are in stressful situations one after another all day long!

I was telling the story to a client one day (about 15 years ago) ....but this time, for some reason, I actually did the deep breath and the audible sigh..... I immediately felt relaxation come over me and it hit me....

The Huge Deep Breath and the letting out a long audible sigh is the signal to the body that STRESS IS OVER!

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Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth making an audible SIGH

 

Now let's revisit a day in the life of a mother of two school age children.

She wakes up early in the morning has to get herself ready for work, after doing that, she stops for a moment and takes a deep breath and lets out a long sigh..... this closes the door on any stress she has encountered up to now and lets her para- sympathetic system start to settle her down.

She gets her children ready for school, feeds them breakfast, perhaps make a lunch for herself and the kids all before 7:15 when dad takes them to school.
Then after they leave, before she even exits the house to get in the car....... she takes a huge deep breath and lets out a long sigh....Again, the para-sympathetic nervous system kick into gear.

Then as she gets to her car she is already in a better place, physically and mentally and gets on the road where she deals with traffic, some road rage but from others now... and the trip seems smoother....now, as she parks her car....as she takes the key from the ignition she again, takes a huge deep breath and lets out a long sigh...this closes the door on any stress from the road trip and again her para- sympathetic system starts to settle her down.

Then she goes inside feeling pretty good, clocks in a few minutes early, and smiles, even though she won't get the extra minutes credit, she thinks, ‘it's going to be a good day!’ which gets a nod and a returned smile from floor manager, she has an easy time getting her work done in time with a regular lunch break before she gets off at 2pm.

And again before she leaves the building, even though it's been an easy day, she takes another huge deep breath and lets out another Long sigh....just in case!

I think by now you are starting to get the picture. By signalling to the body that all previous stress is over, your body and mind is better able to deal with other stress headed your way!

Now I must tell you I am not a doctor , I am a licensed massage therapy provider. I was an instructor of Massage Techniques and Anatomy and Physiology for 14 years and have had my own business on Fort Myers Beach for the past 20 years!

First thing to remember is, our bodies have a natural connection to relaxing when we exhale.... period. Every time you breath out .... at some level your body is going ....ahhhhhhhhh!.

So do it with me right now! ... Take a huge deep breath, hold it a second and let out a loud audible sigh.... and let it all out.....

Did you feel it?... The release... The relaxation... almost everyone of my clients do feel it the very first time I ask them to do it with me..

Add these deep breaths between the different parts of your daily routine... you will notice the difference.

If you didn’t feel it....Do it again!

Bobby Mimmo LMT

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