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Three techniques to buffer chronic stress

The more you listen to guided imagery, the more effective it becomes at calming your brain and lowering the concentration of stress hormones.

(Dr. Bruce Rabin/ Pittsburg Post-Gazette) — Chronic stress arises from the daily events you experience that activate the stress-reactive areas of your brain. The following techniques can decrease the activity of the stress-responsive brain areas and keep the concentration of stress hormones low, which will enhance the quality of your health.

Some people will have better results with one approach than others. Try each of them and find out what works for you. 

If you have taken music lessons or played a sport, you know that mastering a skill takes practice. Similarly, the more you practice using these techniques to relax your mind, the easier and more effective the techniques will become. (…)