As individuals, many of us feel we have lost control. Someone else is dictating what we can and can’t do, where we can and can’t work, how we can and can’t conduct our daily lives. It is uncomfortable to some and paralyzing to others.
Where are you on that stress meter? How can we bring a sense of calm back to our lives that don’t look at all normal right now?
First and foremost, contrary to what the media would have us believe, realize YOU ARE NOT HELPLESS!
In 1907, Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts of America wrote their famous simple motto: “Be prepared.” Upon hearing the Scout motto, someone asked the follow up question, “Prepared for what?” Baden-Powell’s simple reply: “Why, for any old thing.” Good advice.
Friends, by all news accounts, we are now facing in America the initial outbreak of COVID-19, and it’s time to put that Boy Scout motto to good use. In an effort to give some preparedness to our patients, we offer the following information. Most people find knowledge to be empowering which consequently relieves fear. This blog is aimed at equipping you so you realize you are not powerless in maintaining your health. In fact, you have an amazing arsenal at your disposal.
Oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone” which we discussed in the last blog (click here to read), has for years been relegated only to the OBGYN’s office for its relationship to childbirth and breastfeeding. Ignored by doctors and researchers alike for years, its other amazing abilities have only recently been studied, and to date there is still no medical description of a deficiency in oxytocin. Beyond its sexual benefits as previously discussed, oxytocin has come on the scene with several newly found roles. Below we will discuss several of the more researched benefits of oxytocin.
Oxytocin also plays a role in mood stability, aiding in the treatment of schizophrenia, lowering blood pressure in women since it is a vasodilator, increasing milk supply in lactating women, mental alertness, neuroplasticity of the brain, appetite reduction, inducing labor, pain control during labor, and stopping hemorrhaging after delivery.