She writes, "Oxytocin is a naturally occurring neurochemical that acts like a hormone in our bodies, meaning it crosses the blood-brain barrier and circulates in the blood steam as well as in the brain, to regulate the arousal level of our nervous system. Oxytocin is released through touch, warmth, and affectionate connection."
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In a related post, she describes a simple way to release oxytocin in the brain, to counteract the stress hormone cortisol.
Here's what she says to do:
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- Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes and put your hand over your heart.
- Take slow deep breaths and conjure up in your mind a person, place or even a pet that represents safety and security.
- Do this for at least 30 seconds. Notice the feelings in your body.