The Becoming Place


How to Live With an Open Heart in Times of Stress

Did you catch my guest post at Love Wide Open?

“You can actually heal your heart by opening it. Amazing, right?

When you see stress as a threat, your cardiovascular system literally tightens. Your blood vessels constrict and inflammation increases. It’s a biological carryover from times when humans faced more physical threats. It’s great news if you are in danger of bleeding out because it reduces potential blood loss. But walking around that way all the time raises your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

However, when you change your mindset and approach stress as a challenge, your heart literally opens. Your blood vessels expand. They start to function in the same way they would during exercise. Or during times of courage and joy.

And that’s just the beginning of what scientists are learning about your mind-body connection.”

Check out the full post here.

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