The way we handle stress is critical, since our human body’s response to stress leads to various diseases. According to Dr. Murray and Dr. PIzzorno, authors of various health books, stress if not treated with some form of relaxation can cause serious damage.

Some used (vitalized) hemp oil, such as my uncle, for anxiety issues and with great success. HEMP, is widely known for many benefits, besides stress.

Here’s how one’s body responds to stress without some form of intervention, like relaxation techniques. Under each body stress response, I’ve indicated how the human body can cope with stress when using some form of relaxation shown under “relaxation.”

• The heart rate and force of contraction of the heart increase to provide blood to areas necessary for response to the stressful situation.
RELAXATION: The heart rate is reduced and the heart beats more effectively. Blood pressure is reduced.

• Blood is shunted away from the skin and internal organs, except the heart and lung, while the amount of blood supplying required oxygen and glucose to the muscles and brain is increased.
RELAXATION: Blood is shunted toward internal organs, especially those organs involved in digestion.

• The rate of breathing rises to supply necessary oxygen to the heart, brain, and exercising muscle.
RELAXATION: The rate of breathing decreases as oxygen demand is reduced during periods of rest.

• Sweat production increases to eliminate toxic compounds produced by the body and to lower body temperature.
RELAXATION: Sweat production diminishes, because a person who is calm and relaxed does not experience nervous perspiration.

• Production of digestive secretions is severely reduced because digestive activity is not critical to counteracting stress.
RELAXATION: Production of digestive secretions is increased, greatly improving digestion.

• Blood sugar levels rise dramatically as the liver dumps stored glucose into the bloodstream.
RELAXATION: Blood sugar levels are maintained in the normal physiological range.

Without a doubt, the importance of knowing how to calm one’s mind and body are crucial! Among the easiest methods for anyone to learn are relaxation exercises. The goal of relaxation techniques is to produce a physiological response known as a relaxation response---a response that is exactly the opposite to the stress response that reflects activation of our automatic nervous system. Although, an individual may relax by simply sleeping, watching television, or reading a book, relaxation techniques are designed specifically to produce the relaxation response. In other words, the relaxation response is just the opposite of the stress response.

In the next article (part six in this series) I will share with you suggested relaxation techniques.

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Disclaimer: I am an avid reader with a craving for learning about life itself, especially when concerns health, happiness, outer and inner beauty. I am not a medical professional. I am just someone having a need to share what I’ve learned and discovered.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley is the author of the book, "My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder