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ONLINE ONLY - (5:00-5:30 p.m.) Mindfulness Meditation - "Body-Mind Relaxation"

Small Group: Personal Development; Wellness

Jun 01, 2020

Speaker(s): Julia Jarvis, Wellness Advisor
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

When stress overwhelms your nervous system your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for a "fight or flight” reaction or, for some people, a “freeze” reaction. While the stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly, it wears your body down when constantly activated by everyday stressors. No one can avoid all stress, but you can counteract it by learning how to produce the relaxation response, a state of deep rest that is the polar opposite of the stress response. The relaxation response puts the brakes on stress and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium. When the relaxation response is activated your heart rate decreases, your breathing becomes slower and deeper, your blood pressure drops or stabilizes, and your muscles and whole body relax.  Come join us on Zoom for this week's Body-Mind Relaxation meditation!

The Zoom link will be distributed via NIH Trainee Listservs. If you need the link immediately please email maria.gutierrez2@nih.gov