were up late with a sick child. Then you overslept. Now you're creeping
along in traffic [Muscles-TENSE] rehearsing today's pitch to a finicky
but lucrative client. Traffic's come to a grinding halt. No one's moving
[Blood pressure-UP] except the cops barreling down the highway shoulders.
You're going to be late [Respiration rate-UP] to the most important
meeting of the year The cell phone rings. It's your daughter. Her day
care hasn't shown up [Blood lactate level-UP] and your husband is on
a business trip. And it's barely 7:30 a.m. Welcome to your body's response
has lived under stress for time eternal, and as you will find out in
this Body & Soul edition, evolution
has, in some ways, prepared us well to handle it. But not entirely.
Benson, the founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, tells Gail Harris that our bodies
invoke a stress response that was more suited to our Darwinian ancestors
than to the pressures of our industrialized society.
the components of this fight-or-flight response and how it effects our
will also learn about Benson's discovery of the salutary effects of
meditation on the body's response to stress, and how to elicit the relaxation
response that can help you beat back one of the primary causes of heart
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