Midweek chill out
When you are in 'fight or flight' mode your adrenal glands secrete cortisol. This gives you the energy boost, reduced pain threshold and increased blood pressure to help you deal with the immediate situation. However, prolonged periods of high cortisol levels can lower your quality of life and ability to perceive and understand your environment.
Cortisol release can be triggered by any number of stressful situations, including challenging work conditions, caffeine, a shortage of sleep, even travelling by train.
Researchers have found that laughter and music both help reduce stress hormones. Living Money's mission is to help you sleep at night and live wholeheartedly by day, so we are happy to offer a midweek de-stress chill out, a short post with a piece of laughter, a bit of music and something to help you think, for a while, about something completely different.
(With thanks to Amy Brann, neuroscientist and author)
Laugh out loud
At least he wasn’t dancing in the street…
The magic of music
…as Martha and the Vandellas did.
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Something to think about
A 2017 study suggests that combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement (dance) may help maintain or improve the health of white matter in the brain. A more physically active lifestyle is associated with slower white matter decline.
Degeneration of cerebral white matter, or structural disconnection, is one of the major neural mechanisms driving age-related decline in cognitive functions, such as processing speed.
The study therefore emphasizes the importance of a physically active and socially engaging lifestyle among aging adults.
Exercise and water are also important. Don't forget them!
Until next week…
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