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Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Work -

Even when we’re busy, we make time for the cru­cial things in life – we eat, go to the bath­room and sleep. And yet, one of our most cru­cial needs – ex­er­cise – is of­ten the first thing to go when our cal­en­dars fill up.

Ex­er­cise is an ef­fec­tive stress re­ducer. It helps lift your mood and can put you in a med­i­ta­tive state, ac­cord­ing to the Mayo Clinic.

Mar­i­lyn rec­om­mends ded­i­cat­ing a few blocks of time each week to self-care, whether it’s a work­out, yoga or med­i­ta­tion. If you’re re­ally pressed for time, start with deep-breath­ing ex­er­cises dur­ing your com­mute or a quick fiveminute med­i­ta­tion ses­sion morn­ing and night.

Th­ese ex­er­cises re­quire mi­nor ef­fort but of­fer ma­jor pay­offs. Psy­chother­a­pist Bryan Robin­son, au­thor of Chained to the Desk, ex­plains that our au­to­nomic ner­vous sys­tem in­cludes two branches: the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem (our body’s stress re­sponse) and the parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem (our body’s rest and di­gest re­sponse). The more you do the ex­er­cises, the more you ac­ti­vate your parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem, which “calms ev­ery­thing down, not just in the mo­ment”, he says.

“Over time, you start to no­tice that your parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem will start to trump your sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem,”

Bryan adds.

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