I learned this from one of John B.'s weekly Friday afternoon blog casts. Our nervous system has two parts. Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for intense physical activity and is often referred to as the "fight-or-flight" response. The parasympathetic nervous system has almost the exact opposite effect and "relaxes the body and inhibits or slows many high energy functions."
Here's what matters regarding stress management. Healing, restoration, and renewal "only" occurs when we are "parasympathetic dominant," which occurs during sleep. So we must get no less than 5 hours uninterrupted sleep each night, and daily napping is also recommended and important.
The body follows the mind, so let your mind lead you away from stress through understanding the difference. Knowing about these two systems will increase our ability to enter into the sympathetic nervous system and hopefully lead us away from stress. Hope this helps!
Strength and Love,
Thank you for this information. This disease and our lives right now can use all the help we can get to reduce anxiety.
I will certainly be using these websites . . . . probably every day!!!