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Page 14B-Malakoff News. Cedar Creek Pilot-Decenber 3, "1981 Christmas stress can be hard on your body Getting excited about Christmas can be just as hard on your body's immune system as getting depressed, a North Texas State University psychologist says. Both emotions put the body under stress. Dr. Frank Lawlis is head of the school's health psychology and behavioral medicine division, which deals not only with psychology, but how the environment and physical changes can affect the mind. Researchers have found, he says, that when the body is tense and under stress, white corpuscles, the "germ soldiers" of the blood, move around less. Research also shows that when people are relaxed or asleep, the progress of disease seems to stop, he said. How these facts actually link up is the subject of munerous experiments at NTSU and other schools around the world, Dr. Lawlis said. In the mean- time, relaxipg is as good as a big dose of vitamin C for warding off colds and flu. Practicing his own medicine, he says he reaches for a S0-minute relaxation tape and plugs in the recorder if threatening cold symptoms appear. He may resort to extra orange juice or vitamin C and he doesn't scorn chicken soup. Otherwise, however, he continues his regular routine, Dr. Lawlis said. "Research of heart attack patients has shown us that what makes us vulnerable is not stress but lack of relaxation afterwards," he said. "Heart attack patients are people who have trouble relaxing deeply. The same principal applies to other illness." Relaxation comes in many forms, he said. Dr. Lawlis, who with Dr. Jeanne Achterberg of Southeastern Medical School in Dallas has published a text- book, "Bridges of the Bodymind," that teaches patients how to use imagery for relaxation and to marshal the body's defenses. The man who clenches his teeth and says "I'm going to whip this cold" can be doing the same thing as the woman who goes to bed early with a good book to whip her cold, he said. Both are using different techniques to pull their body's resources together. Both techniques are efforts to let the body overcome the germs which have invaded R, and that, Dr. Lawlis said, is imagery. Through the years, he said, he has found it a bad practice to suggest images to people, since everyone's experiences are different. For relaxation, however, some common ones show up, he said. '*Most people can relate relax," he said. "A mountain top. Being by the seashore. Gently rocking in a boat on a lake. Floating in space. Or sleeping in your own bed." Frequently, working with patients with chronic health problems, Dr. L.awlis says he prescribes 20 minutes of relaxation a day. "It sounds like a minor thing, but it's a major lifestyle change actually to do it," he said. "Stress seems to be nothing more than distraction, interference in the ability to pull yourself together. When you relax, you get away from the distractions, and you marshal your resources." While most people respond to relaxation tapes, they don't work for everyone, he said. Imagining a restful situation while listening to good music or a tape of the sea sounds may be the solution. Laughter also works, he said, and if old Charlie Chaplin skits leave you weak with laughter, then you are definitely relaxing. "You simply need a period when you can free your mind of clutter," he said. "There's no optimum time of day. Just whatever works for each parson." In addition, he said, people can head off colds with a physical technique which he said is particularly beneficial to older folks. "Unless you exercise daily, you don't breathe deeply and clear out the lungs. 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Li., erice .7, f,,.. Sale ce'6700  ! 981 Falrmont Futur, 4 dr., 6 cyL auto, air, whlte, vinyl seat trim, Pa, PB, light group, AM/FM stereo, tilt steering, speed control, BSM, protection groul, waw, electric clock, int. lux. group, tinted glass, power door locks, dual accent paint stripes. Sale Price*8284 o List *91:IHP" Fred Sonntag Ford, Inc. Malakoff phone 303 W. Royalf Btvcl. Athens Phone 489-0506 Malakoff, Texas 675-5566 about five minutes a day. I usually do it while I'm driving, and I haven't really had a cold in years. Brisk walking will do the same thing for you." Dr. Lawlis doesn't buy the theory that people get sick to avoid something they don't want to do. "I'm not saying that doesn't happen, but I don't think illness is hysterical. I think that sometimes events loom before us and we get tense, lowering our immune defenses. It's a natural, physical reaction that some day we will be able to trace step by step. Right now, we know enough of the steps to say that regular, deep relaxation can head off a lot of trouble. "The Greeks knew that 3,000 years ago. It's just that now we're finding out why it works." A present shows others you care There are few things more pleasurable during the Christmas season than to look on the face of someone dear to you, for whom you have chosen the perfect gift. The custom of giving gifts dates back to the Romans who adopted it from the story of the Magi-the three Kings who presented gifts to the Christ Child. One of our celebrated American writ- ers, O. Henry, expressed the custom of Christmas gifts best in a beautifully crafted short story, "The Gift of the Magi." A very young couple, very much in love and very poor, sell their most precious possessions to bring happiness to each other on Christmds. He sells his Heirloom watch to buy combs for her luxuriant hair; she cuts and sells her hair to buy a fob for his watch. For all the cries of Christmas com- mercialism, the thoughtfulness ex- pressed in an appropriate gift delights all. It is also a good time of the year to spread good will, to let those who have touched your life know in a tangible way that you appreciate them. From family members to special friends to the neighbor who baby-sat for you in an emergency, a present shows you care - and thats what Christmas is all about. From all of us to all of you... "Hope you have a headline-making holiday perfect in every way.. ,and a very merry Christmas!"