Just Breathe October 3, 2016Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
The Yin and Yang of our nervous system are the sympathetic and parasympathetic.
When we are stressed, the sympathetic nervous system activates the fight-or-flight response.
In contrast, the parasympathetic nervous system governs the rest-and-relaxation response.
To recover from excess stress, we need only remember to press the “pause button” . . . by taking a deep breath.
Breathing triggers the relaxation response by signaling the vagus nerve to initiate a healing waterfall of hormones.
Once activated, those hormones calm us. They also reduce cortisol levels, boost brain function, reduce inflammation, and lower heart rate and blood pressure.
So breathe. Just breathe.
Aah . . . that’s better!