Calm Your Nervous System

#1 Tip: Calm Your Nervous System

What's the BEST thing you can do to heal & experience your BEST health?

Calm your nervous system! Whether you want to lose weight, look more youthful, or improve any health issues, this tip is essential. It’s not hydrating, exercising, or eating superfoods. Although those are helpful, this tip supersedes them. No matter what diet you follow, fitness routine you master, or wellness program you complete, you won’t make big or lasting improvements until you have this #1 health tip down.

Calm Your Nervous System for Deep Healing

Healing can’t happen unless you’re regularly operating from a relaxed state. The goal of calming your nervous system is to relax your body for most of the day. Although this sounds simple, most people struggle with this, and their health and well-being reflect it. Let’s cover some basics about your nervous system so you understand the importance of this simple yet crucial tip.

How Your Nervous System Works

Consisting of a network of nerves, your autonomic nervous system (ANS) keeps your body sensing, responding, and functioning. Its goal is to maintain homeostasis or balance in the body. There are only two states your ANS can be in: parasympathetic and sympathetic.

Parasympathetic

The parasympathetic ANS stimulates the body’s rest-and-digest healing response to calm, repair, and heal the body. When your body is relaxed, it focuses on vital functions that help you thrive.

Sympathetic

In contrast, the sympathetic ANS stimulates the body’s fight-or-flight stress response. When there's a perceived threat, the ANS notifies your brain, and your body prepares to fight, take flight, or freeze. As a result, heart rate increases, and cortisol and adrenaline are released. Although this is a healthy survival response in an acute situation, serious health problems arise when the body gets stuck in a chronic stress response.

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Parasympathetic, Rest-&-Digest, Healing State

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Sympathetic, Fight-or-Flight, Stressed State

"Over 90% of all doctor's visits are stress-related! Stress hormones shut down the immune system to conserve energy."

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.

Nervous System Healing

Is Your Healing on Hold?

Scientists estimate that over 85% of us live in a fight-or-flight state most of the day. Being stuck in a stress response depletes your body, whereas being relaxed heals your body.

As Dr. Bruce Lipton explains in, The Biology of Belief, your body consists of over 50 trillion cells that are always moving towards growth or protection. In a cloned stem cell experiment, Dr. Lipton found that cells opened in response to nutrients and closed in response to threats. You can survive in a protected state or thrive in a growth state, but you can’t do both. 

Running From a Bear

Let’s discuss what happens in response to stress. Say you're triggered by a threat, such as a bear. Whether a real threat (a wild animal) or a perceived one (a text message), your nervous system signals the SAME stress response. So if you have big and small daily threats, which many people do, you’re not in a relaxed state where deep healing happens. If you're "running," your body has more urgent things to focus on than weight loss or hormones.

The bigger problem is that the “bear” could be a thought, an email, or an intestinal bug. Be mindful of your feelings and symptoms, as they indicate deeper stress-related issues.

Are YOU Stuck in Stress?

These feelings are associated with being in a stress response...

  • Do you feel wired but tired?
  • Does it feel like your life is out of control?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed, worried, anxious, or stressed?

Symptoms of Stress

Chronic stress prevents healing and contributes to...

  • Anxiety, depression, and mood imbalances
  • Blood pressure problems
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Cravings for sugar or caffeine
  • Circulation issues and cardiovascular disease
  • Digestive issues and autoimmunity
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Sleep issues and insomnia
  • Urinary issues and kidney disease
  • Weakened immunity
  • Weight gain and obesity

Overcoming Stress

Contact Cate to overcome stress and find the “bears” in your life. Learn to calm your nervous system and experience DEEP healing!

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."

Anne Lamott

The Healing Solution

To calm your nervous system and improve your health, look at your sources of stress. Stress can come from subconscious, emotional, internal, or external sources. View the areas below to identify and address sources of stress in your life.

Subconscious

Stressful programs, beliefs, and perceptions.

PSYCH-K, a rapid belief change process, gets your body out of the stress response and calms your nervous system. As a preferred Facilitator, Cate helps you get to the root of limiting subconscious programs triggering an unhealthy response.

Internal

Unhealthy diet, low-grade infections, toxins, etc.

Does your diet contain refined sugar, caffeine, gluten, or other inflammatory foods? Cate helps determine the best diet for you.

Emotional

Fear, anxiety, worry, etc.

Left unaddressed, this type of stress can cause issues in your tissues. Unexpressed emotions are stored within the body. Cate's coaching helps heal old emotions and activate mind-body-soul healing.

External

Environmental toxins, chemicals, allergens, etc.

Cate helps clean up your environment and enjoy healthier alternatives to make healthy living easy.

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Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is another important thing to mention when talking about calming the nervous system.

What's the vagus nerve?

In Latin, vagus means wandering. The vagus nerve takes a meandering path from the brain to all of the organs in the chest and abdominal area. The vagus nerve is the most influential nerve in your parasympathetic nervous system as it influences heart rate, respiratory system, and digestion. The vagus nerve helps you return to a calm nervous system that’s optimal for health and well-being.

What's vagal tone?

The tone of the vagus nerve activates a calm nervous system. A great way to measure vagal tone is by monitoring heart rate variability (HRV) via a HeartMath device. Higher vagal tones can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of unease. Improving vagal tone can also improve inflammatory conditions, immunity, digestion, brain function, and more. Stimulate your vagus nerve with the activities below!

"“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.”

Terri Guillemets

Parasympathetic Stimulation

Your body constantly responds to your thoughts, movement, breath, food, environment, and more. You either move towards relaxation, growth, and health OR stress, protection, and illness. 

To calm your nervous system and stimulate your vagus nerve, enjoy more relaxing activities throughout the day. Be mindful of your choices and enjoy the tips below to support your wellness.

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Choose Relaxation

Modern society doesn’t emphasize relaxation. We’re constantly stimulated, distracted, and kept in a BUSY cycle. Everything from your phone to your money worries can leave you stressed. Aim for an hour of relaxing activities daily to support your well-being.

Calming Activities…

  • Meditate, do yoga, take a nap, journal, etc.
  • Listen to music, sing, or play an instrument
  • Experience Sound Healing or a sound bath
  • Do what makes you happy… laugh, dance, or read
  • Lay down with a lavender eye pillow
  • Listen to nature sounds to create a tranquil environment
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Enjoy a warm lavender Epsom salt bath
  • Take tech breaks from your phone, computer, TV, etc.
  • Minimize the news, social media, etc.

Focus on Your Breath

Learn a handful of breathing exercises to relax your body and mind. Start with Alternate Nostril Breathing, Belly Breathing, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Lion’s Breath, and Bumble Bee Breath!

Hum, Yawn, or Gargle

Humming, a.k.a. brain humming, stimulates vocal cords and relaxed breathing. You can hum a song or make the sound “om.” Next, enjoy a long, exaggerated yawn to stimulate relaxation. Set a reminder on your phone to stretch with a nice, big yawn. Lastly, try gargling water to stimulate throat muscles and activate the vagus nerve.

Sound Healing

Biofield Tuning is a sound-healing modality that identifies incoherence in your energy and restores it back to harmony. Biofield Tuning can activate a POWERFUL relaxation response conducive to DEEP healing. This relaxing process aligns you with a greater sense of presence, vitality, and wellness.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Focus on a diet rich in whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Avoid a low-carb or ketogenic diet, especially if you experience anxiety. Eating a High Vibration Diet supports nervous system healing. Also, limit your intake of caffeine and other stimulants that make it hard to relax. Lastly, support your gut with good flora by eating fresh fruits, veggies, sprouts, and microgreens.

Sleep More

Many people don’t get enough sleep, another missed opportunity for the body to naturally heal, repair, and restore itself. Get to bed by 10:30 pm and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep daily. Diffuse or inhale lavender before bedtime to support restful sleep.

Meditate Daily

Although there are many ways to meditate, Synctuition is one of the best as it's relaxing, inspiring, and increases intuition. No matter what form you choose, aim for at least 10 minutes of meditation daily. Make it easy to fit into your routine by doing it upon waking, on your lunch break, or before bed.

Try HeartMath

HeartMath devices measure your Heart Rate Variability (HRV), a reflection of your nervous system, to help you increase heart-brain coherence and promote a relaxed healing state. HRV measures subtle variations in intervals between beats, making it a powerful tool for detecting stress and, thus, impaired healing. HRV is helpful to relax and build stress resilience.

Move Your Body

Moving your body with exercise or play is an excellent way to regulate and calm your nervous system. Choose stimulating movement earlier and gentle movement later in the day. Balance challenging workouts with gentle stretch sessions. Yoga, pilates, dance, running, cycling, etc. are great forms of movement to include for at least 20 minutes daily. Start small and do what feels best. Even taking breaks from sitting can benefit your well-being.

Healing Bodywork

Healing bodywork can stimulate a relaxation response. So calm your system and boost relaxation with acupuncture, massage, sound healing, and other relaxing modalities.

Cold Water Therapy

Cold-water therapy, such as cryotherapy, cold showers, cold baths, and cold water plunges, are great for regulating and calming your nervous system. Cold water activates your vagus nerve to reduce stress. Start by splashing cold water on your face or taking a cold shower. Next, try an ice bath, ocean dive, or river plunge. Mix up and refresh your routine with cold water throughout the week.

Fear vs. Love

Is stress killing you? As Dr. Bruce Lipton explains, "Our biology is now based on whether we're open to being in love or closed because we're in fear. The state of fear is compromising not just the growth and maintenance of your body, but it's shutting off your immune system and opening you up to disease."

This video emphasizes the importance of living in a relaxed state to move towards growth, healing, and love.

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