Chronic overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system is often the consequence of our reaction to daily challenges. The result is similar to chronic inflammation, in that stress can contribute to diseases and disorders including:
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Immune suppression
- Gastrointestinal ailments
- Sleep disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
Regular physical activity, such as a daily brisk walk, is undoubtedly the best way to help maintain balance of the nervous system and overall health. You also can help manage unhealthy stress with mind-body therapies such as breath work, meditation, guided imagery, hypnosis, heart rate variability training and visualization. Yoga and tai chi, as well as bodywork such as massage and Trager work can also help. Find a stress-relieving activity that works for you, and make it a priority to practice it.
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