Getting Some Air

By Amanda Armoogam

The first thing I want to do when I get stressed is go home, under the depths of my blanket and hide. Oh those warm blankets, where I just bury myself and forget the troubles of the world. Do I forget the troubles of the world? Not really, the brain when in a stressful environment tries to do one of two things, fight or flight!  Remember that from 9th grade biology? We are all animals and whether we like it or not, our mammalian brain can get the better of us from time to time. So that instinct to hide in a thick pile of covers does feel nice for a moment… but the stressor will continue to perpetuate while I hide under the sheets. So it will reinforce the stressor.  Sucks right?

Ah darn what should I do? The answer is get out. Not “Get Out” the movie, no get outside. Breathing some fresh air, removing myself from the blanket fortress of solitude. Why? Because Sunlight and fresh air are actually good for me when I am stressed out. Sunlight is a natural anti-depressant! Fresh air helps calm down the mind, walking outside helps relieve the stressors and gets me to process the energy from the anxiety in a positive manner.

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