3. Meditate to clear your mind. According to the National Science Foundation, we have between 12,000 – 50,000 thoughts per day. That’s a lot of thoughts! With so much thinking and continuous thought processing, it’s no wonder that our stress levels can easily get out of whack. That’s why it’s important to take a breather! Sit with your eyes closed in a silent environment so you can clear your mind. Do this for 15 minutes a day.

African American woman meditating on couchMediation is helpful because our bodies have an amazing ability to create self-repair. According to the book, Mind Over Medicine; Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, our bodies can help fight cancer, prevent infection, repair wounds, and also protect us from infectious agents. But, when we stress out, the opposite occurs. The body’s ability to heal itself becomes deactivated when your body is full of stress hormones such as cortisol. 15 minutes of daily downtime will help alleviate, reduce your stress levels and regulate cortisol production in your body.

4. Spend some time cuddling with animals. Ever wonder why seeing and playing with animals provides you with a warm and fuzzy feeling? Well, there is a scientific reason this happens. When you snuggle with animals, it fills you with oxytocin, endorphins and other healing hormones that support your body’s ability to initiate self-healing. This is why pet therapy is mentally and physically effective. If you don’t have a pet, a trip to the pet store or local zoo can help elicit these same emotions.

5. Give of yourself. A South African woman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and decided instead of focusing on herself she needed to shift this energy towards others. The medicine woman wrote the South African woman a prescription to give 29 gifts for 29 days. The woman with multiple sclerosis completed the request, and the results were astonishing. Her MS symptoms started to lessen. By giving and being generous, it activated a relaxation response that helped to bolster her body’s natural self-repair mechanism. This is not a suggestion that generosity will cure diseases. However, science is still uncovering how the mind can have a tremendous effect on the diseases we have and how we deal with them.



5 Ways To Beat The ‘Stress Hormone’ For Weight Loss  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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