I’ve written about the effects of stress here. Our nervous systems are under almost constant pressure in our busy lives. If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, tired or unhappy, chances are your nervous system could do with a bit of support. Here are my top tips to support your nervous system.
Legs up the wall – this is a yoga pose where you lie on your back with your legs extended up the wall. It is a restorative pose that benefits the nervous system.
Breathe – take deep breaths that extend into your belly and last for 10 seconds. It’s an instant stress relief and the most effective measure to let your body know it is safe.
Meditation – I always go on about meditating – check out my post here for more info. Meditation isn’t about silencing the mind. A successful meditation session does not involve zero thoughts. Meditation is about embracing your mind, it’s about accepting thoughts as they come to the forefront, letting them pass through your mind but not acting on them or concentrating on them. Let your mind flow as it pleases. Focus on your breath, focus on the stillness. But remember, it’s okay to have thoughts.
B Vitamins – found in seeds, nuts, leafy greens, eggs, legumes, meat, poultry and fish. You can also source a good quality B-complex supplement.
Sleep – sleep is the highest form of meditation. Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Bonus points if you’re asleep before 11pm.
Me time – schedule me time, even if it’s only 5 minutes each day – schedule some time to do something nourishing for yourself (think body brushing, a mini massage or going for a walk).
Herbs – passion flower, lemon balm, St John’s wort, ashwagandha, rhodiola, reishi, ginseng and schisandra.
Wholefoods – aim to eat the colours of the rainbow and include vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes, pulses and organic meats to nourish your body.
How do you support your nervous system?
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