Find calm — almost instantly

By: Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS

It’s dangerous to drive a car without brakes. Yet that’s what so many of us try to do each day.

Today, we’re facing a stress epidemic. Constantly pressing down on the gas pedal taxes your sympathetic nervous system — the one responsible for the “fight or flight” response. Eventually, you’ll end up running on fumes, or you’ll crash.

To get through life safely, you want to strengthen your brake pedal, to slow down, to stop! Switch gears with a minute of deep breathing to engage your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you “rest and digest.” Why not give it a try right now and see how you feel?

Credit: Amanda Mills CDC


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