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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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102. Relaxation – what we can learn from the cavemen

There’s nothing wrong with stress. We’re designed to get stressed. It’s how we deal with it that’s the problem.

Coping with stress should be simple. My central message to you can be summarised in one sentence. Get stressed – relax.

So why are we facing an epidemic of stress? The answer lies in the way we interpret the word ‘relax’. Remember that stress developed in order for us to deal with danger. When faced with something that scares us (more likely nowadays to be a ‘to-do’ list running into double figures rather than the sabre-toothed tigers that ate our ancestors), we release adrenaline, this in turn causes the release of noradrenaline and cortisol and these three hormones together ...

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