Welcome to the DW Healing Arts Be Well series of wellness tips for January 2016. Each day I will highlight a card from my Balance Resource Cards decks. The wellness resources will help you bring balance to your body, mind and spirit if used on a regular basis.
Take a moment right now, and practice today's wellness tip as you read this. Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Give yourself permission to balance your life.
May you Be Well! Love, Deanna
Pay attention to changes in your body caused by stress which activates the sympathetic nervous system's fight or flight response. Changes caused by stress may include muscle tension, headaches, difficulty breathing, sleeplessness or digestive issues. The sympathetic nervous system can become constantly on alert mode with repeated stress, which can lead to long term problems and chronic pain.
Relaxation techniques activate your parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for your body's rest and digest response. This can break the fight or flight response that continually triggers with constant stress. When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, your muscles relax, your breathing and heart rate slows, your blood pressure decreases and your digestive system begins to gurgle and resume digestion. In this state, your body is best prepared for healing, which impacts your overall health and wellness.
Acupressure points are often sore spots on your body. The points are gently held for several minutes to release energy blockages that cause pain and interfere with the energy flow and overall health of your internal organs. You can also gently massage these points in a small circle. Release the finger pressure gradually as the tension begins to release. There are many acupressure charts available by searching online for these points.