Each breath we take does more than just supply us of oxygen. Breath gives us movement, pulsation and vibration, giving us life and energy. Many of us do not realize that by changing how we breathe, we can substantially improve our health and boost our energy. Proper breathing is very important these days because of the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. Before the industrial revolution, oxygen level within Earth’s atmosphere was around 40 percent. Nowadays the oxygen level in certain area of Earth can fall near 19 percent or less.
We have known that cognitive bias (where we live, if we are a man or woman, our cultural and religious leanings etc.) colors how we interact with the world since Plato, but scientists are now continuously finding that emotions may have more to do with our physical health than anything else. Did you know, for example, that the heart speeds up without any physical activity when we are stressed out? This can lead to heart attack and a higher overall resting heart rate, which could lead to earlier death.
The health benefits of aromatherapy can no longer be considered placebo in nature. Accumulating evidence now shows that the fragrance of flowers and other volatile plant compounds pack a punch as powerful as certain drugs. In a day and age like ours, bouts of stress and anxiety are expected to occur at least occasionally during the course of daily life. In fact, if the experience is completely alien to you, you may not be paying attention to what’s going on in the world around us — or, you may be enlightened, and should be congratulated.
Originally inherited from Buddhism, the practice of mindfulness is increasingly being adopted and utilized in Western medicine, psychology and counseling techniques to alleviate a diverse range of stress related mental and physical illnesses. Mindfulness is defined as a state of being in which one is fully aware, without judgment and attention is focused on the present moment. Common mindfulness techniques include breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and Qigong but are not limited to these practices. Integrative or mind-body medicine researchers have studied and proven the biological mechanisms, which are positively affected by the practice of mindfulnes.
There are numerous physical, emotional and spiritual ways to manage stress, and each has its own benefits. One of the most effective methods is regular spa massage therapy, which research has shown will actually boost the body’s immune system. The benefits of stress-relieving massage include lowered heart rate and blood pressure, muscle relaxation, and increased endorphins…all of which contribute to health and wellness.
Stress is one of the most common cause of health problems, but yet doctors rarely tell their patients to reduce their stress levels. One of the negative effects of stress is that it can cause our hormones to become imbalanced. This can lead to many chronic diseases. One of them is premature aging. Premature aging is caused by many factors, but one of the most common ones is stress. Too much stress can cause our bodies to deplete certain important nutrients, such as magnesium and calcium. These two nutrients are very important for cell health. Stress can weaken our immune system and reduce the production of anti-aging hormones in our bodies. With less anti-aging hormones, we increase our risks of premature aging.
Stress is known as the silent killer, because it can cause chronic health problems without us even knowing it. This is one of the reasons why we should reduce stress as much as possible. One of the negative effects of stress is hormone imbalance. When we are stressed, our body produces certain anti-stress chemicals to protect itself from the harmful effects of stress. Too much stress can cause our body to produce too many anti-stress chemicals. This can disrupt our chemical balance, which weakens all the systems of our bodies.
Stress is a big problem for many of us because it is everywhere and hard to control. Stress can affect us physically and mentally, and is one of the main reasons why we get fatigued. Chronic stress is one of the worst types of stress and seems never ending. Chronic stress can occur because of bad marriages, debt, sleeping disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, eating disorders, etc. Because stress is impossible to prevent, it is better to manage it and reduce it as much as possible.