Regardless of the year, life can be overwhelming. The constant barrage of stressors, from work to family to global events, can take a toll on our nervous system. Moreover, the pressure to be productive, maintain a fitness routine, meditate, and even give our kids probiotics can become exhausting.
Sometimes, we need to say, “Enough is enough.” Our nervous system, just like our bodies, has its limits. Ignoring its needs can lead to serious consequences, either now or down the line. The good news is that there are simple, practical ways to build rest, rejuvenation, and resilience into our daily lives. These are not luxuries; they are essential for our overall well-being.
Here are some effective methods for giving your nervous system the care it deserves, regardless of the chaos happening around you:
Weight provides proprioceptive input to the brain, offering a calming effect on the central nervous system. You can incorporate this through:
- Weight Training: Lift weights, even household items, or use resistance bands to engage in strength training. It not only provides proprioceptive input but also keeps you fit.
- Weighted Blankets, Vests, and Pillows: These cozy options offer deep pressure, known to lower heart rates and induce calmness. They’re especially beneficial for kids and individuals with sensory sensitivities.
- Cuddle: Physical touch, like cuddling with a loved one, releases endorphins and oxytocin (the “love hormone”), promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
Shake Off Tension
Just as animals shake to release trauma from their bodies, we can use shaking or therapeutic tremoring to release built-up nervous energy.
Enjoy a hot bath to reduce inflammation and relax your nervous system. Saunas can also boost endorphins. Customize your bath with bath teas or homemade bubble baths for a full sensory experience.
Try a Tracking Exercise
This simple somatic exercise helps you stay present and grounded. It involves naming objects in your environment, providing signals to your nervous system that all is well.
Nourish Your Nervous System
Healthy fats, such as those in avocados, nuts, and fatty fish, support the myelin coating on nerve cells. This coating is essential for nervous system health. Ghee, a clarified butter, is also a great option.
Create Space for Silence
Our nervous systems need rest from constant stimulation. Embrace moments of silence and stillness to rejuvenate.
Reduce Unnecessary Stimulation
To recalibrate your nervous system, consciously decrease unnecessary stimuli. Prioritize activities that promote rest, like the ones mentioned above.
By taking care of your nervous system, you not only improve your overall well-being but also enhance immunity and resilience. These practices ensure your nerves stay healthy, regardless of the chaos outside.