A body that is in pain or tense negatively affects our mental capacity.
Ever tried to concentrate with a toothache?
Luckily, the reverse is also true.
With the “Stress Response”, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol raise the heartrate, quicken the breath and prime the muscles for action. It’s a vital survival mechanism, however long term stress can cause serious damage.
On the other hand, with the “Relaxation Response”…your heart rate decreases… breathing becomes slower and deeper… blood pressure stabilizes… your muscles relax.