Merriam Webster defines stress as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life; something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. Stress stimuli work directly on our nervous system. The Autonomic Nervous System is made up of two systems which balance each other. The sympathetic nervous system (STRESS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (REST). Without any conscious effort our sympathetic nervous system responds to dangerous or stressful situations with a flood of hormones to boost the body’s ability to Fight or Run. Without a run or a fight that tension may stick around in your body for a long time creating chronic muscular tension, high blood pressure and mental fatigue. The Good news is the parasympathetic nervous system works to destress the fight or flight stress response. We know stress activates the Sympathetic Nervous System.
What helps to activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System?
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Yesterday, I posted a Restorative Yoga class. A favorite stress buster of mine.
Restorative Yoga creates an environment in your body that allows the Parasympathetic Nervous System to work. A Restorative Yoga sequence typically involves three - five poses, supported by blankets, bolsters, blocks and belts. Each posture is held for 8-15 minutes. Passive stretching occurs as the result of calming the sympathetic nervous system.
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