Yes, it might surprise you but I’m going to ask anyway.
What would happen if you could control your brain and decrease your anxiety?
Here’s why I’m asking.
Studies have shown that the brain can be changed causing ones anxiety to decrease.
Sound too good to be true?
During periods of high stress and anxiety what happens to your hands?
If you are anything like me, your hands get colder.
Right? Have you noticed?
Brain science teaches us that when under stress the blood rushes to the brain
leaving the hands colder.
If one intentionally warms their hands by putting them in warm water
or holding a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate
the blood goes from the brain –where it’s been working hard due to the stress-
and returns back to the hands
How would you feel if you could begin to reduce your anxiety?
Well, you can.
Focus on hand warming.
Some other ideas are warming hands in front of a fire, putting on warm gloves,
holding a partner’s skin
yes, the ideas are endless
but the principle is the same.
Warm hands draw the blood from the anxious brain away from the brain
and back down to the hands.
There are certainly other ways to calm the limbic brain and relax your system
such as prayer, meditation, focusing on your breathing, etc.
but hand warming is one more overlooked practical tool that you can do.
You can take charge of your stress.