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We aren’t fighting tigers and grizzly bears

I read an interesting article today. The piece was focused on managing stress, and it talked about how our bodies were made with a ”fight or flight” response; forged in the good ole days when humans had to fight off tiger and bears in the wild just to survive.

Despite what we may think, fighting tigers and grizzly bears is NOT a common occurrence in 2021. But our body’s reaction doesn’t know what time or year it is. And the constant state of stress can take a toll on the body leading to:

  • Migraines

  • Hypertension

  • Inflammation in the body

But one response really stood out to me.

The article noted that:

“When we’re stressed, our body pumps more sugar into our blood stream so we have the energy to flee. We rarely use all that sugar to run from our metaphorical tigers, and chronically high blood sugar can increase risk of diabetes.”

If you add in the impact of an unhealthy diet, the result is not good.

I just want to encourage you to take some time to destress. Read a book, go for a walk, or just sit in silence.

Take whatever steps you need to address the metaphorical grizzly bears and tigers.

This session is the perfect combination of gentle movement linked to breath. And it just may slay the stress beasts that have been running you down.

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