In her book on yoga and depression, Amy Weintraub makes this statement, and I agree with her:
Managing your breath equals managing your mood.
We are now inundated with the importance of breathing. The yoga community and now the medical community are all supporting breath as a key to optimal health. What is the big deal?
The January 24, 2012 Wall Street Journal article looked at the positive influences that non-harmful stress can have. It is that feeling of being pumped up a bit, excited in a positive way that can increase blood flow to the brain and limbs. However, we are unable to turn it off. Stress envelops us producing harmful consequences to our health.
Martin Rossman, a clinical instructor at the University of California Medical School explains: People under harmful stress lose the ability to re-engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which drives the body's day-to-day natural functions, including digestion and sleep. While individuals vary in how long they can tolerate chronic stress, research shows it sharply increases the risk of insomnia, chronic disease and early death.
What this is telling us is that the moods swings propelled by stress can be controlled and we are the ones that have that power. The sad thing is that many of us would prefer to simply take some medication to take care of the problem. Yes, we need help with symptoms produced by stress but even the best medicine will not help if we are not proactive.
There are many simple techniques that are effective and they do not cost a dime or take much time. This is why I began Custom Calm-to make it attainable and easy to learn how to live with the ups and downs of stress, because stress is a fact of life.
Why not give it a try?
Let me know in the comments below how you deal with stress? What kind of impact do your moods have on your life?