WE DVR’d the PBS/National Geographic program about stress. It’s a good thing these programs never really go away. We’re usually too enmeshed in our hectic schedules to stop and watch a program that will give us valuable information we need. We’re even LESS likely to make simple changes in our lives that will improve our situation.
The bottom line is that stress is a killer. You can’t control the behavior of other people, or the flow of current events. But what you CAN control is your response to stress, and you can create conditions through lifestyle choices that will help you to manage the emotional and physiological effects of stress.
In our go-go-go culture, our solution to everything is “Try harder. Work more. Never quit.” As a result of these *usually* noble motivations, our nervous systems are constantly activated and primed for “fight or flight:” survival mode. We meet each event in our lives, from congested traffic to an extra ten seconds for the microwave, to a changed project deadline, as if we are in a fight for our lives. Our sympathetic nervous system — the system that prepares us for action — is on high alert. Our adrenal glands pump out a hormonal stream that is meant to help us in short bursts for emergencies, not as a long-term strategy. Muscles contract, cortisol levels rise, and we are on a slippery slope toward illness and injury. The solution is to embrace what we seem to fear most: to take time to slow down, reduce stimulation, be quiet, pay attention, STOP. The parasympathetic nervous system — which governs our ability to rest, relax, and restore — is able to do its healing and “recharging” work only when we take time to slow down.
The Feldenkrais Method uses gentle, minimal body movement as the “programming language” for your nervous system. Our classes and lessons will leave you refreshed, energized, and with a “clean slate” so that you can better deal with the demands of your life. The parasympathetic and sympathetic systems MUST work in partnership. Visit us soon to restore your natural balance.
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