Wellness Shot: Do the Fred Sanford to Calm Down Quickly

Are you feeling stressed?? Try putting your hand on your heart to calm down fast!! 

It might feel like you’re about to do the Pledge of Allegiance, but you’re actually hacking your stress response. “It seems weird, but our physiology is designed to recognize this gesture as self-soothing,” says Kristin Neff, Ph.D., associate professor in human development and culture at University of Texas. “It will signal the brain to reduce anxiety.” Even if you don’t believe it will work, your brain and body will respond, she says: “We are programmed to calm down with this particular movement.” Keep your hand there for just a few minutes, or until you feel calmer, and take some deep breaths to boost the effect.

Remember when Fred Sanford from Sanford & Son would get worked up about something. He would put his hand over his heart and it miraculously he would calm down...check it out below...

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