Heidi Hills Answers
Yes, Meditation is a great way to to help with stress and anxiety. There are a couple of other things I also, recommend. 1- Learn a breathing technique. My favorite is to do the 5-5-7 breath. Simply breathe in for 5 (fill lungs about 2/3 full), hold for 5 and release for 7. (If this is too long at first, you can start with a 3-3-5 breath and work up). I like this breathing technique because I focus on the counting and that is kind of like meditation since I am clearing my mind as well as slowing down my breathing. And 2- List all things you are grateful for. By focusing on what we have vs. what we don't, we create so many health benefits. So, what happens physiologically when we choose to control our breathing or choose gratitude? The Autonomic Nervous System in our bodies regulate our bodily function. This has two branches that greatly impact our health. The Sympathetic Nervous system, known as fight or flight, turns ON the stress response. And the Parasympathetic Nervous System, known as rest and digest, turns OFF the stress response. They cannot both be on at the same time! When you Control your breathing or are feeling grateful, your Sympathetic Nervous System switches off and the Parasympathetic Nervous system switches on. That means that your stress response turns OFF and your relaxation and peace response turn ON.