The body will not work against itself. In the perceived instance of a threat, stress hormones will be produced at the expense of happy hormones. Oxytocin, dopamine, seratonin and melatonin are responsible for feelings of wellbeing, calmness, love and happiness. Guess when we heal best? When we are in a state of bliss, when each cell is bathed in these hormones. Studies have shown that wounds heal faster when oxytocin is present.
|Drawing by Jesse Corcoran. Aged 6|
If fear stimulates cortisol and adrenaline, then love stimulates our happy hormones. There are many ways to increase our natural production of these: meditate, practice yoga, breathe deeply, laugh, have a massage or a hug, engage in simple pleasures without guilt. For an easy exercise, try repeating the words "I am calm". See how your shoulders drop, your breathing slows and deepens. In this relaxed state your world becomes rose tinted and healing becomes possible.