Relaxation Techniques Can Protect Against Stress

Relaxation Techniques Can Protect Against Stress

There is no doubt that stress plays a major role in all of our lives. Stress can actually have a major impact and our body’s reaction to it is not necessarily always a bad thing. If you think about our development as a species, we use stress and the ‘fight or flight’ response to ward off predators to stay alive. Of course, when the predators are a fear of losing a job or failing a test of some sort, that same mechanism of dealing with stress can be a problem. That’s why relaxation techniques like meditation can help. According to a report in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, meditation might help protect college students against stress and improve their ability to learn. It makes sense and during the formal study, students who meditated showed positive results on brain studies including greater breadth of planning, thinking, and perception of the environment.

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Can Stress Cause Pain?

Can Stress Cause Pain?

Can stress cause pain? Well, believe it or not, it can. If you’re a high stress individual, what can happen is the fact that you can tighten up and you can actually put stress on your joints because of the fact that you are so tight. That tightening up actually can cause spasm of the muscles and extra pressure. What doctors often tell people to do is take a deep breath, think of something that’s pleasurable, perhaps sitting on the beach or snowboarding, something you enjoy, and relax. Feel how that muscle relaxation hits your body.

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