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Body Has a Built in Stress Reliever?!?

I enjoyed this NPR article Just Breathe: The Body Has a Built in Stress Reliever.
Here are some highlights:

  • “As it turns out, deep breathing is not only relaxing, it’s been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system — and maybe even the expression of genes.”
  • “…breathing can have a profound impact on our physiology and our health.”
  • ‘Our breaths will either wake us up or energize us. It will relax us, or it will just balance us’…
  • “Research has shown that breathing exercises like these (see article) can have immediate effects by altering the pH of the blood, or changing blood pressure.”
  • “But more importantly, they can be used as a method to train the body’s reaction to stressful situations and dampen the production of harmful stress hormones”
  • “She says rapid breathing is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. It’s part of the “fight or flight” response — the part activated by stress. In contrast, slow, deep breathing actually stimulates the opposing parasympathetic reaction — the one that calms us down.”
  • “Research shows that breathing can even change the expression of genes. He says that by using your breath, you can alter the basic activity of your cells with your mind.”
  • “What’s happening when you’re stressed is that your own body is giving itself multiple shots of that anti-inflammatory hormone, and so that tunes down your immune system’s ability to do its job to fight infection,” Sternberg says.

How Does the World Look through Your Eyes?

“Your outlook on life is a direct reflection on how much you love yourself.”  -Lululemon
I found this quote to be real food for thought….is the world a loving, forgiving place? or is it cold, dark and hard? Our perception has much to do with what is going on inside us…

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
-Persian Proverb
Sometimes when it gets dark enough inside ourselves we lose sight of our light.
It’s important to remember that those little glimmers that feel so far away, are actually brighter than we could ever imagine.

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