If not, why not?
We can all sometimes feel rather jaded. working late, working hard, constantly being on call but that is making us sick, if it hasn't already.
When are bodies are constantly battling with a steady and crazy stream of stress hormone cortisol, our bodies become flooded with this nasty little hormone.
Without getting too technical here, cortisol is released in response to stress, it spares available glucose for the brain, generating new energy from stored reserves, and diverts energy from lower-priority activities, such as the immune system, in order to survive immediate threats or prepare for exertion.
What this means is that our immune system can no longer fight off infections or protect us. Basically it cannot do its very important job for our body and as a result we get sick.
If the elevated levels continue we literally become sicker and sicker until our body is screaming at us to change something.
So no wonder, if this is the state we are in, we don't carry out every day activities with enthusiasm or energy. We don't have any reserves left!!
This leads us onto Mindfulness. When we begin to use mindfulness daily, we give our bodies the time out and the break it requires to rest and digest. We switch on a whole different part of our central nervous system. We give signals to the body that it is quite okay to settle for this time (be it 5, 10 or 15 minutes).
That way, we can refocus, recharge and reignite the energy and enthusiasm we need to perform tasks.
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Give your body the break it requires so that you can help, rather than hinder, your immune system.