Stress relief is vital in the world we live in today. So, this is an important tip. Don’t forget it. It could give you back an incredible quality of life. People in olden times knew it. We, in the modern world, forgot it:
When babies are agitated, their mothers rock them.
Undoubtedly, there is something so soothing and comforting about rocking that calms the nervous system and take the dangerous edge of “I-can’t-take-it-anymore” away.
I recommend a rocking chair to anyone under stress, and more so to anyone under severe stress.
Remember, you may be too old to be rocked by your
mother, but you are not too old to rock yourself.
So, how does rocking help?
It does 3 very important things:
1. It moves blood to the brain.
Your calf muscles tighten, pushing blood from the bottom to the top of
the body. You can liken these muscles of your calf to the heart in your
lower legs. When you use them to rock yourself, you send blood to
2. The rocking movement helps to circulate the cerebrospinal fluid.
This important fluid is a carrier of neuro-peptides, basically neuro messenger chemicals.
These are …”Molecules of emotion” according to the famous neuroscientist, Candace Pert, Ph.D, former chief of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.
The job of these messenger molecules is to carry emotion and nerve signals to the brain, spinal column and beyond.
So, buy yourself a rocking chair today and start rocking yourself when you are stressed.
3. Rocking is mechanical sedation.
This is in contrast to physical medication with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Observe autistic and emotionally-disturbed children: they often rock themselves to release tension. Take a lesson from them.
For stress relief, get onto a rocking chair and rock yourself when you are stressed-out. It can calm you and help you in your problem-solving ability. You just need to let to and get into the motion.
For big enterprises, HR can allocate a DeStress Room with rocking chairs to provide stress relief for stressed-out individuals. The company might see an increase in its revenues through greater creativity and productivity from cool, de-stressed employees. This is a great and fun way for corporate stress relief!
© Helen Chow ND
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