Stress is very common and ongoing stress can lead to psychological issues such as depression and anxiety. There are natural ways in which we can reduce our stress levels, that includes meditation and yoga. This is due to the effect the meditation and yoga have on the brains stress response system.
Do you ever think about how you are going to breathe? Or thinking about making your heart beat? Or how you are going to process the food you just ate? That is because our bodies are unconsciously controlled by our autonomic nervous system, which is divided into two;
The Fight and Flight also known as the sympathetic nervous system.
This system helps us when we are in stressful or threatening situations by controlled our internal muscles, organs and glands. This increases our heart rate and blood pressure
Rest and Digest also known as the parasympathetic nervous system.
This system returns our body to its natural baseline state.
When we are stressed we are constantly using our sympathetic nervous system, the fight and flight! It has been shown that meditation and yoga can help reduce your blood pressure, compared to people who aren’t practising any kind of meditation or yoga.
Need ways to stop activating that fight and flight system?
- Open monitoring or mindfulness-based meditation -> this includes becoming reflectively aware of cognitive or emotional patterns. When we think of an experience, pay attention and monitor the experience without any judgement or attachment.
- Focused attention meditation -> this includes focusing on a particular object and bringing your mind back to this particular object when your mind wanders off.
- Yoga class
- Come to our Kick Stress and Burnout Workshop on Wednesday the 19th September @ Unwind Health at 7pm.