Calm Your Nervous System
What's the BEST thing you can do to heal & calm your nervous system naturally?
Whether you want to lose weight, look more youthful, or improve health issues, this tip is essential. 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 calm your nervous system.
Before we explore this crucial healing component, take a deep breath and ground yourself in the present moment. Get ready to unleash your body’s powerful healing potential. True healing comes from within, starting with calming your nervous system.
Relax Your Nervous System...
Calm Your Nervous System for Deep Healing
Healing can only happen if you're regularly operating from a relaxed state. The goal of calming your nervous system is to relax your body and mind. 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 and oh-so-relaxing 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. You ANS can only be in a parasympathetic or sympathetic state.
The parasympathetic ANS stimulates the body’s rest-and-digest healing response to calm, repair, and heal the body. When your body relaxes, it can focus on vital functions that help you thrive.
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, your heart rate increases, and cortisol and adrenaline are released. Although this is a healthy survival response, serious health problems arise when the body gets stuck in chronic stress.
Parasympathetic, Rest-&-Digest, Healing State
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 constantly moving toward 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 a threat, such as a bear, trigger you. Whether a real threat (a wild animal) or a perceived one (a text message), your nervous system signals the same stress response. Most people aren't living in a relaxed state where healing can occur. If you're stressed, your body focuses on survival, not digestion or weight loss.
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 underlying 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
Contact Cate to find the “bears” in your life to calm your nervous system naturally and experience DEEP healing!
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."
The Healing Solution
To calm your nervous system naturally and improve your health, identify and address your subconscious, emotional, internal, and external stress sources. View the areas below to get started.
Stressful programs, beliefs, and perceptions.
PSYCH-K, a rapid belief change process, helps you relax and calm your nervous system naturally. As a PSYCH-K Facilitator, Cate guides you to the root of underlying beliefs triggering stress.
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.
Fear, anxiety, worry, etc.
Left unaddressed, emotional 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.
Environmental toxins, chemicals, allergens, etc.
Clean your environment and lifestyle by finding healthier alternatives and more natural solutions.
The vagus nerve is a vital concept to calming your nervous system.
What's the vagus nerve?
In Latin, vagus means wandering. The vagus nerve meanders from the brain to the organs in the chest and abdomen. This nerve is the most influential in the parasympathetic nervous system, impacting heart rate, respiration, and digestion. The vagus nerve helps you return to a calm state optimal for health and well-being.
What's vagal tone?
The tone of the vagus nerve activates a calm nervous system. You can measure vagal tone by monitoring your heart rate variability (HRV). Higher vagal tones reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and unease. Improving vagal tone benefits inflammatory conditions, immunity, digestion, brain function, and more. Calm your nervous system and vagus nerve with the activities below!
“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.”
Your body responds to your thoughts, movement, breath, food, environment, and more. You're constantly moving towards relaxation, growth, and health OR stress, protection, and illness.
Enjoy relaxing activities throughout the day to calm your nervous system naturally and stimulate your vagus nerve. Be mindful of your choices and enjoy the tips below to support your wellness.
Modern society doesn’t emphasize relaxation. We’re constantly stimulated, distracted, and kept BUSY. Everything from your phone to finances can leave you stressed. Start enjoying more relaxing activities daily to support your well-being.
- 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, play
- 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 screen-time breaks from your devices
- Minimize the news and social media
Focus on Your Breath
Learn breathing exercises to relax your body and mind. Start with Alternate Nostril Breathing, Belly Breathing, Diaphragmatic Breathing, or Lion’s Breath. Listen relaxing music, such as nature sounds, sound healing frequencies, hang drums, or singing bowls.
Hum, Yawn, or Gargle
Vocal expression techniques, like humming, stimulate vocal cords and relaxed breathing. You can hum a song or make the sound “OM.” Next, enjoy a long, exaggerated yawn to encourage relaxation. Lastly, gargle water to stimulate throat muscles and activate the vagus nerve.
Biofield Tuning is a sound-healing modality that uses tuning forks to restore energy flow and harmony. Tuning can activate a POWERFUL relaxation response, ideal for healing. The process aligns you with a deep sense of presence, vitality, and wellness.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Focus on eating a High Vibration Diet rich in whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Avoid a low-carb or ketogenic diet, especially if you experience anxiety. Limit your intake of caffeine and stimulants that make it hard to relax. Lastly, eat fresh fruits, veg, sprouts, and microgreens to support your gut with good flora.
Many people don’t get enough sleep, creating another missed opportunity for the body to heal. It's best to get to bed by 10:30 pm and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep daily. Diffuse or inhale lavender before bed to support restful sleep.
Although there are many ways to meditate, Synctuition is relaxing, inspiring, and increases intuition. No matter what meditation practice you choose, aim for at least 10 minutes daily. Make it easy to fit into your routine by doing it upon waking or before bed.
HeartMath devices measure your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to increase heart-brain coherence and promote relaxation. HRV is a reflection of your nervous system. It measures subtle interval variations between beats, making it a great tool for detecting stress. It's excellent for building 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. Activities like yoga, pilates, dance, running, and cycling are great forms of movement to include. Start small and do what feels best. Even taking breaks from sitting can benefit your well-being.
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. Refresh your routine with cold water throughout the week.
Fear vs. Love
As Dr. Bruce Lipton explains, stress has profound and far-reaching effects on your body. He says, “Our biology is now based on whether we're open to being in love or closed because we're in fear." Fear compromises the growth and maintenance of your body, shuts off the immune system, and creates dis-ease.
This video emphasizes the importance of living in a relaxed state to move toward growth, healing, and love. Let's cultivate love within ourselves to nurture our body, mind, and soul and experience optimal wellness.
Choosing Love with Bruce Lipton