Lets talk about your nervous system we have your somatic nervous system which is your voluntary muscle movements via your skeletal muscles then we have our autonomic nervous system which is our broken in to two parts the Sympathetic nervous system known as our Fight or Flight and then we have our Parasympathetic nervous system which is our Rest and Digest
Stress as we know causes inflammation and damages our cells . Many moons ago when we were cave men and women we didn’t have too many stressors our main stress was running away from a tiger or a bear but that didn’t happen everyday so when this did take place we would be sitting in our fight or flight nervous system but the rest of the time we were preparing food, picking berries or in our caves in shelter sitting in our rest and digest system. Now unfortunately in todays society we have so many more stressors like emails, deadlines, social media, arguments and our nervous system hasn’t evolved enough to know the difference between a real stress and a perceived stress – so when you receive an email at 8pm at night on a Friday night that something has gone wrong your nervous system actually thinks that you are about to run away from a tiger or a bear so it prepares to either fight or flight – so it will pump your legs with extra glucose , it will pump adrenaline, it will raise your HR, add an argument with your partner and a guy then cuts you off on the freeway and you cant for the life of you find where you put your mobile phone – stress, on top of stress on top of stress – with the multitude of stressors and triggers our body is spending so much of its time on high alert.
A healthy nervous system is the proper balance between the two systems of relaxation and rest and productivity and stress so both systems remain active but they switch between the two when required.
When we are constantly in the stress response our Vagus nerve is not being stimulated which is the nerve responsible for activating our rest and digest nervous system so the tone of the Vagus nerve becomes weak and a weak Vagus nerve is detrimental for optimal health.
When we are sitting in our Fight or flight our bodily processes also get impacted – your muscles are constantly contracted, your digestive enzymes stop being excreted meaning that your food doesn’t breakdown properly, nutrients aren’t getting absorbed, your HR increases , production of melatonin decreases which is hormone required for a healthy sleep – testosterone and Human growth hormone decreases in production – so you can see how this can negatively impact your body and health leading to anxiety, digestive issues.
So how do we take control of our nervous system and strengthen our Vagus nerve and improve the relationship of our Autonomic Nervous system? It is through diaphragmatic breathing and cold exposure. I teach you this in my Workshops so if you would like to learn more about this head to http://www.glowforlife.com.au/services/wimhofmethod/ to find out more or to book a session.Tags: GlowforLife, mindset, self love, wellness