"High levels of stress, even over a short period of time, produce negative results such as prolonged healing times, reduction in ability to cope and heightened vulnerability to infection." - Dartmouth Journal of Science
Right now, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Again.
It's the most simple thing to do. Pause. Focus on your breath, feel your heartbeat and relax your body.
Feeling your body, breathing consciously.... it sounds a lot like yoga, right?
Your body loves to move and stretch. When you do, your whole nervous system gives a giant sigh of relief. It feels amazing.
Don't make it complicated! I'm not talking about an hour long yoga class (although that can be wonderful for stress relief).
Try five minutes of sun salutations before getting out of your pjs.
During the day do a couple twists in your chair. At night, lie on the floor and put your legs on the wall or sofa.
Any time you need to shift your state, take action. Disappointment disempowers. Prolonged stress is dangerous. You might not be able to eliminate difficult emotions and stress in your life but you can do something to manage it.
Do a body check in now. Make a habit of doing it throughout the day.
Right now take a moment to breathe deeply, slowly. Do some yoga whenever you can.
Your heart, your memory and your ego will thank you.