Stress and Your Brain
You can’t dump your lives, you can’t dump the stress in your lives, but there are things that you can do to enhance your physiology and to dampen the damaging effects of stress in your bodies, to bring down your cortisol levels.
What are these things? Well, just taking a walk out in nature, connecting with nature for many people is healing and relaxing. Listening to music, getting a massage. Yoga and tai chi are known for their relaxation responses. One of my favorites, because a lot of times people tell me, “I can’t meditate, I get nervous if I try to meditate, I can’t clear my mind. It makes me more anxious to try to meditate,” is to do a guided meditation. There are a number of phone apps for free that you can listen to for anywhere from 10 minutes to 25 minutes or half hour that will guide you through a relaxation exercise. Some of the ones I’m the most familiar with are “Calm,” “Stop, Breathe, Think,” and “Headspace.”
One of my favorites is called Neural Agility which is part of the RevitaMind series. It can be ordered at http://www.activemindsglobal.com/products/revita-mind/. It is like meditation on steroids. I highly recommend it. Please, pass this information on to a friend, it’s very important for your future health and for the future health of those you know and love. Then take a deep breath, relax, reduce your risk, and I’ll see you next time.