- The heart rate and blood pressure increases.
- Breathing becomes more shallow.
- Digestion slows or stops.
- Our muscles are ready for action.
- We are wide awake.
- We talk about the nervous energy flowing through our body.
When danger is past, our parasympathetic nervous system is activated.
- Our breathing slows and becomes deeper.
- We start to salivate and digest our food.
- Our heart rate slows and our blood pressure drops.
- Our muscles start to relax.
- We begin to get sleepy.
- We are relaxed and calm.
The good news is that we can use stress management techniques to reverse the impact on our health. Each day, try to do something for your body, mind and spirit. Give yourself permission to take better care of your well-being.
Here's a quick tip: Take a long slow breath in through your nose for a count of four. Now slowly release that breath through your mouth for a count of four. Repeat this for two or three more cycles, then allow your breathing to return to its normal pattern. Notice how you feel. It's that simple.
What do you do for stress relief?