Thank you all for your calls, e-mails, Facebook notes and in-person feedback about my August Blog on face-to-face relationships and how we are designed for them. It certainly struck a chord with many of you, and I am enjoying getting out and about catching up with you. (Laughing with Dan Marshall and exploring our spiritual journeys with Judy Windler are my two "treats" tomorrow.)
Your enthusiasm has spurred me on to get clearer about what it is that I do and why: "We are determined to change the world by coaching individuals and businesses to operate from a healthier, happier, more balanced center -" and that includes horses and their humans.
(After all, it is through working with my horses that I had my "aha" about neuroscience. When we get our horse's head lower, release the base of its neck, do TTouch, we are reducing the stress our horse feels and activating its parasympathetic nervous system.)
Our starting point is neuroscience: change your thinking, change your life, change the world. Join me and others in the quest for a healthier way of showing up at work, in our families and, in our communities.
So, why is taking a mental break good for stress?
During days packed full of meetings and chores, the benefit of a mental break is critical. Even if it is changing pace and having lunch away from the office, talking to someone who is positive, or cuddling your pet or child. Why? Because you activate your parasympathetic nervous system to relax you. When you do this, your heart rate goes down, you take deeper breaths, and begin the flow of "good chemicals" such as endorphins and oxytocin into your system counter-acting the damaging effects of stress chemicals. You trigger your body's homeostasis - its own ability to heal itself.
You lower your stress level. What is stress? It is those every day events that take away a small part of your life force, from feeling lonely to worrying about a soul-sucking job or paying your mortgage.
But, stress is not bad is it? It's just part of life. Stress is making you ill or killing you. Here are some data.
The beneficial effects of a healthier you with less anxiety, depression and daily "compression" are numerous, and multiple research studies validate this from many perspectives. Think about this - how might your days be different if you felt 100%?
Give yourself a mental break at least twice during a working day, and let me know what you did and how it impacted your stress level and productivity at work, home, and in the community. Below is a new interview with Zinnia and Katy with parenting tips.
More Well Being Resources
I have posted more podcasts to give you a mental break, as well as scheduled a horse experience about Exploring Your Power & Influence Through Horses on Saturday November 2.
I am also launching a new teleconference program: Shift From Stress to Happiness - Practices & Tools for Well Being - in Fall. Watch out for details.
Mental Break Activity: Podcast With Zinnia & Katy to Inspire You
In this candid, unedited interview with two teens, Katy and Zinnia, you will hear about what is important to them at this stage of their life. The lessons surprised me, the mother of Katy.
Listen to and read our newly-posted resources for individuals and horse riders. All the teen interviews are now posted.
Join Us For Upcoming Classes & Free Events
Exploring Your Power & Influence With Horses
Saturday November 2, 1-5 pm, Dripping Springs, $75
More Detail on areas covered: http://thewindhorsejourney.com/nov-2-detail-on-horse-power.html
Sheila Armitage helps individuals and organizations adopt everyday resilience practices that boost work, home, and health.