National Geographic Special: Stress: Portrait of a Killer (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  1. TedTalk on how your body language can change your hormonal profile & your immune system response.
    TedTalk on: Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Have you ever noticed:

  • how sickness spreads like wildfire across a campus during midterms and finals
  • presidents always look like their 4 – 8 years in office aged them a couple decades…or more…
  • helping others frequently helps you to feel better about your own situation (even if your situation is challenging).
    The key to taking your stress hormone (cortisol) down and energizing your immune system (increase your Tcell count) is 20 minutes of relaxation a day. I wish I could tell you what that activity would be…but it will depend on what relaxes you…and that can change during your lifetime. I used to relax by going to the gym (I was young, in shape, and felt great hitting the gym), now the gym stresses me out (I’m older, pleasantly plump, and have a rebuilt ankle that aches 24/7). It is important that you identify that relaxation zone and visit briefly each and every day to maintain your health in this crazy world.

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