You have to experiment this suggestion to see how it works. The next time you’re in a high stress situation, like running to catch a flight, or preparing minutes before a big meeting with your boss, just take a deep breath and think of bae. It just might help bring down your stress levels you never can tell.
A recent study from University of Arizona, visualizing your partner may just be as helpful as having them physically present when it comes to managing your body’s cardiovascular response to stress.
The study which was published in the journal Psychophysiology, 102 participants who were in relationships were asked to complete a stressful and vaguely “Titanic”-esque, uncomfortable task: submerging a foot into 3 inches of ice-cold water for four minutes.
“It was 100 percent safe, just somewhat unpleasant depending on people’s cold tolerance,” lead researcher and UA psychology doctoral student Kyle Bourassa said ”Bourassa’s experiments may be cold, but his heart is not.”
Before the experiment, the participants were randomly divided into three groups: In the first group, each person’s significant other sat silently in the room during the experiment. The second group was told to think about their romantic partner as a source of support during the task, but their partners weren’t physically present. The third group, the control group in this case, was instructed to think about their day during the experiment.
Bourassa and his team measured the participants’ blood pressure, heart rate and heart rate variability before, during and after the experiment.
They realized that the first group are those who had their partners present and they had a lower blood pressure response to the stress of the cold water than the control group participants who were asked to think about how their day went.
Meanwhile, those who simply imagined their partners, which is the second group had a blood pressure response that was comparable to that of the first group.
What this means is that when it comes to calming yourself down at a very severe stressful moment, simply positioning the mental image of your partner is just as effective as having them there at your side.
“The research suggests that during times of stress, drawing on the mental image of your romantic partner as a psychological resource might be beneficial in terms of blood pressure responses. Prior research found such thinking can beneficial psychologically, but this extends this work to suggest that it has physical health benefits as well,” Bourassa said.
Just think of your partner’s pretty face you will be helping yourself a great deal.
Source: Extracted from Huffpost