Being stressed sucks…literally. Making you feel like you’re in a downward spiral and sending you into a tailspin. Turns out that stress is brought on simply by thinking about and contemplating our daily thoughts. Does that stress you out? Don’t let it.
Turns out there is a simple process that you can implement that elicits what is known as the “relaxation response.” This natural physiological response decreases your heart rate, breathing rate, and even slows your brain waves when you meditate–all of which counters the effects of stress. But let’s be honest, full blown meditation in the middle of a toddler meltdown or midmorning work crisis isn’t a practical option.
Dr. Herbert Benson, the researcher at Harvard University who discovered the relaxation response, reveals a super simple two-step process to calm your nerves.
Lauren Sparks has been a yoga instructor for over 5 years. She is very passionate about yoga, meditation, and general well-being. When she is not blogging you can usually find her working in her garden.