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The soothing power of music is well established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so it can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and
bodies, especially slow and quiet classical music or music of a meditative quality infused in healing frequencies. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering the blood pressure, and decreasing the level of stress hormones. Music, in short, can act as a powerful stress reduction tool.
Not getting enough down time or sleep affects our memory. Studies have shown that getting enough rest and relaxation allows us to think more abstractly and
make better and healthier concentration and decisions.
However you chose to achieve rest and relaxation is how you see it fitting into your daily routine. Whether it is meditation, taking a walk, listening to your favorite music, giving yourself a break will help you to feel good about yourself and the world around you. It could be just the thing you need to do to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing, to help you to better care for the citizens
we serve and protect.
Even though some stress can be good for giving us that rush of adrenaline that we feel in the First Responder career, however too much, too long, and too many
jolts to our system can be bad in the long run. High stress levels have been proven to reduce the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body, which is linked to depression. Too much stress can cause severe mood problems, trigger depression and other psychological/medical issues.
Relaxing gives us the opportunity to decompress and give our minds a break from the craziness that happens in our world.
It's true, laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body.
Being on top of your game, as a First Responder, takes a lot of effort, focus and preparation. Most of the time we get so wrapped up in the job, we forget the most part of our success; ourselves. Here are some interesting thoughts for you to consider when deciding if it is ok to take a break to recharge or not. Yes taking some downtime can be more helpful than you think.
It's been proven that prolonged stress can and will take a toll on our bodies, your body does in fact keep score. Continued and prolonged stress essentially turns off our ability to fight off infection and illness. Didn't anyone tell you that you could, "worry yourself sick"?
Boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones, decreases pain and discomfort,relaxes your muscles, and prevents heart disease.
Adds joy to life, eases anxiety and tension, relieves stress, improves mood and strengthens resilience.
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