Today we want to talk about Stress.
What is stress?
The fight or flight response is also known as the acute stress response, and whilst helpful in the wild when running from a lion, it can get in the way of staff productivity when induced by an upcoming deadline.
Our body cannot differentiate between a perceived threat and a real threat: our body thinks that that email or that deadline are as bad as that lion! ‘Little traumas’ happen every day, and when we hit overwhelm, we hit acute stress.
Because we often don’t discharge by running from the lion or fighting back, stress releases chemicals including adrenaline and cortisol can stay in the body: we haven’t discharged: leading to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, memory issues, cognitive issues, coronary artery disease.
So how can you keep that stress at bay?
Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed you sigh lots?
That’s because we forget to take a breath!
So today our invitation is to focus on long deep breathing.
Breathe in through the nose, and out through the nose… counting 5 second inhales… and 5 seconds exhales… If you would like to follow along with us, here is a video for you to enjoy
Meanwhile, the video above is by Robert Sapolsky, a Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University, describing what stress is, and we love the way he breaks it down!