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A Short, Brainy Tale for Stress Awareness Month, April 2012

A Short, Brainy Tale for Stress Awareness Month: April 2012 meet max. max is a lot like you and me. (max is stressed. to the max.) 76% of us are stressed Stress is a big deal. Can you relate? 70% say our jobs are too stressful. And we nan almost anything else. working reported cause of stress. more time In fact, it's the #1 69% of parents say our stress doesn't affect our kids. 91% of our kids say otherwise. 55% of us experience stress in our relationships. spouses, kids, co-workers, others personal health Many of these co Concerns. by stress in the first place! e caused Max, you need to relax. your your Powerful neurochemicals like brain Powerful hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are prepping your body to fight, flee, or freeze. If they continue being released, they start to damage your brain, heart and other organs. brain relaxed. dopamine and serotonin flood the brain, providing an unshakable sense of well-being, peace and confidence and yes, happiness! stressed. Your oxygen levels rise, your heart and breathing rates become lower. Under chronic stress, parts of the brain actually shrink and atrophy. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is released in the body, in order to heal cell The parts of the brain responsible for creativity, reason, good decision making, and problem solving are now fully active and available to help you make the most out of your life. Wow! Negative thoughts start to kill off neurons, and your mood becomes Decision-making, reason and judgement are shut down. The oldest, most damage and remove free radicals caused by prolonged exposure to stress. depressed, foggy, sluggish, and reflexive structures in the anxious. brain are in control now. Science has proven that meditation is extremely beneficial for brain and body. Here's how you can lower stress and relax. Exercise and play keep you fit, engaged, and active, while lowering stress levels. Laugh with others. Studies show happy people are more resilient. Find positive things to focus on. Optimism changes your brain! About Meditation: Train Your Brain: Perhaps even more than exercise, a daily 20 minute meditation practice can give you better perspective, reduce harmful stress You can teach your brain to stop the Stress Response, and immediately trigger your body's natural Relaxation Response. There really is no reason to live chemicals in your brain, improve your immune system, and raise your overall sense of well-being. Coupled with healthy eating and exercise, you'll be unstoppable! with dangerous levels of stress. You can enjoy the benefits of deep relaxation any time you want by training your brain to go there, right now! Wow, Max! You look great! mindlev *sources include: f A American Psychological Association National Institutes of Health science for a balanced life. about money. physical symptoms of stress are: sleep trouble (40%), irritability (45%), Most common reported 52% of us feel stress about fatigue (41%), and lack of motivation (38%).

A Short, Brainy Tale for Stress Awareness Month, April 2012

shared by dantejs on Mar 29
Stress can have catastrophic effects on our health. We feel stress about everything from money to our relationships. It is absolutely vital that we figure out ways to minimize stress, and science is p...


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