The importance of relaxation

Our inbuilt protection known as our Fight or Flight response (the Sympathetic Nervous System) is part of the ‘old brain’.  It’s instinctive and primal.
The other part of the “old brain” is the Relaxation Response (the Parasympathetic Nervous System). It is also instinctive and primal.
It is not possible for us to be in both states at the same time.
We are either stressed or we are relaxed.
We either feel safe where we are or we don’t feel safe.

Our fight or flight response is triggered when we are faced with a dangerous situation or if we are feeling stressed about something.  The following response is seen and felt in our body:

  • Adrenalin and Cortisol are released into the blood stream and we are able to fight or run away from the danger.
  • Our heart beats faster to drive the blood flow into the extremities to give our limbs more power where the muscle tension has also increased.
  • Our breath becomes shallower as it is more than likely that we will be moving very quickly.
  • We will be hyper alert in case any other danger should present itself.

When we recall the event at any point in the future the ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in and Adrenalin starts surging around our body at the memory.  Anything we perceive as a threat to our subconscious is going to produce exactly the same fight or flight response.

The relaxation response does the opposite.

  • The heart rate is calm and steady and drives blood flow to all the muscle groups.
  • Muscles are relaxed and not holding on to any unnecessary tension.
  • Breathing has slowed right down and the breaths are longer and deeper.
  • The focus is also much more internal because of no longer being under threat.
  • This state is a much healthier one to be in for the long-term because all our internal organs work better when we’re in a relaxed state.

In a relaxed state we have had to focus on our breathing, relaxing our muscles this triggers the relaxation response which has both short-term and long-term benefits for life in general.

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