Disengaging from the busyness of life….
If, like me, you struggle to take your foot off the accelerator now is the time to start slowing down and to be kinder to your heart. My favourite time of the year has always been Christmas to New Year. It is a time of counting my blessings, of replenishing my heart and of recharging my batteries to meet the stressful challenges of the upcoming year.
Stressful challenges tend to take a heavy toll on our hearts. According to a 9 December 2020 News Release from the W.H.O:
“Heart disease has remained the leading cause of death at the global level for the last 20 years. However, it is now killing more people than ever before . . .”
This is no surprise as it is especially our hearts that take the brunt of all the stress generated in our bodies to survive in the circular economies (i.e., using recycled rather than raw materials) of today. It requires us to work ever longer hours for ever diminishing profit margins amidst ever greater competition for resources.
This vicious cycle is taking an extremely heavy toll on our hearts, because managing these punishing workloads requires excessive release of chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol into our bloodstreams.
You will never guess how scientists study heart failure in the laboratory.
Scientist mimic heart failure by injecting synthetic adrenaline into the bloodstream of laboratory rats! These so-called ‘heart failure models’ are then used to test heart medicines.
Therefore, by far the best thing you can do for your heart is to stop injecting adrenaline into your own bloodstream. Easy to manage while on holiday, but more challenging when confronted with endless deadlines and dwindling resources.
The best way to stop injecting adrenaline into your own bloodstream is by keeping your Mammalian brain calm. Our 2021 newsletters will kick off with a series on practical applications of mastering your Brain Reward System.
Wishing all of you a peaceful and joyful Festive Season filled with many blessings, serenity, and calmness.