The nervous system seeks to come back to balance, a sense of equilibrium.
One way it does this is by releasing a substance called GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) which halts or slows down the buildup of stress in our emotional system. This process is going on most of the time as we move between excitement (because stress”excites” the system) and calm.
For well-being we need in this process to be in good shape so that it can go on helping us to avoid unnecessary stress and negative emotions in an efficient way.
Otherwise we can be more easily hijacked by feelings of anger or fear, for instance.
Fortunately, practices such as mindfulness, meditation and yoga help this calming process to go to work when needed.
Simple mindfulness practices worth building into your routine – even for a few minutes a few times a day – include:
All very simple – yet over time the effect could be to greatly enhance your experience of living.
My 15-lesson Easy Mindfulness online course includes many exercises to help you bring a greater level of calm into your life.
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