Pupils dilated, heart racing and shoulders touching our ears, we walk around ready to flee from short-term, impending danger. While this is a necessary response for survival, continual nervous system activation leads to chronically high levels of stress hormones .
Our health deteriorates. We become irritable, stressed, angry, sleep deprived, and tense. Digestion and immune function plummet in an attempt to divert resources to functions necessary for staying alive.
Stress– whether physical (injury or illness), emotional, or from exposure to toxins or particular foods—is a key player in how our nervous system responds to stress. With the increased pace of daily living and the growing screen time, it’s no wonder our nervous systems are overburdened and we live our lives as if always running a marathon.
5 Steps to Regain Control of Your Nervous System
Over time, you’ll experience improved digestion, elimination, muscle relaxation, and a sense of calm. You’ll be less likely to react out of anger and more likely to respond with repose. Here are five simple ways to calm your nervous system and experience living.
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