De-Stress in 60 Seconds
With all the stress that we face every day taking care of children, our work, getting up early in the morning, responsibility of bills, the list goes on. But the bottom line is we become anxious, we become tense and stressed, and that sympathetic nervous system starts to kick up that fight or flight.
What happens is our heart rate goes up, our blood pressure, we get a little dizzy, it affects our digestion, it affects our sleep, it affects our concentration and so much more. So what can we do to help stop this anxiety? There’s a little trick I want to share with you.
Remember how many times your hands get cold or your feet get cold? You’re wondering why. Well, if you’re anxious and under stress, they’re going to get cold. Because a sympathetic nervous system vasal constricts the arteries, not allowing blood to make it to the distal part of our bodies, our hands and our feet.
Cold hands, cold feet. And if you’re having these cold hands and cold feet on a regular basis, you may be fighting stress on a different level but just seem to be taking it day by day. But if you have, like a meeting or you’re going to your doctor or you have to face something in your life that’s definitely tension related, you’ll notice that your hands get cold. But what can you do?
Here’s the trick. You’ll take your hands, you’ll start rubbing them together like this. And as you rub them together, they start to warm up. But hold on. You’re going to do this up to a minute. And as you do this up to a minute, you’ll feel heat in here.
But here is the situation. And as we’re rubbing our hands together, we’re sending these African messages up the arm and to the shoulder, to the spine, back up to the brain. We’re confusing the brain. We’re confusing the physiology of the brain.
We’re affecting neurotransmitters in the brain. That starts to change now. It affects our autonomic nervous systems system, where it starts kicking up the parasympathetic system winding down the sympathetic as our hands become warmer, as we start to relax, as our heart rate comes down and as our blood pressure comes down because we’re confusing the brain by sending these messages back up to the brain.
But I want to take it one step further. What’s the first thing we do when we get into cold weather? We start rubbing our hands. It’s an innate type of thing where we do it automatically. We don’t even think it’s a physiological thing that as we rub our hands, it starts to warm. But as it starts to warm, what happens? It starts to vasal, dilate the arteries.
The parasympathetic nervous system starts kicking up, allowing the warmth of our hands to occur. By doing so, this affects all the other arteries in our body where it winds us down. It gets us to relax. We feel better. So the next time you get stressed, anxious or even tense before you go to bed, just rub your hands together up to a minute.
Just keep doing it and you will be shocked. Please share this video with your friends and family. I know they’ll love it and they will benefit. Leave your comments comments below and most important, make it a great day. I’m Dr. Alan Mandel.