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14 habits to calm your nervous system

 

** Image care of my super chill Squishy 🥰

Recently I wrote a blog called “you drown not by falling in the river, but by staying submerged in it.”

This blog was all about how to process feelings if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

But there are things that we can do on a daily or weekly basis to calm our nervous system, to stop us getting to that place of overwhelm.

When stress levels are high, using positive daily habits will allow you to reduce your stress  response and kick out some of that adrenaline and cortisol which, if left unchecked, can lead to burnout, meltdowns, overwhelm and sleepless nights.

Give some of these techniques a go, and commit to yourself by adding the things you love into your life on a regular basis.

YOGA
A bit of gentle yoga or stretching can help you tune into how your body is feeling. Notice any tight spots, breathe into them, and relax.

MEDITATION
There are many different types of meditation. If you’re finding it challenging to switch off your mind, try a guided meditation from YouTube, and focus on breathing deeply to relax your mind and body.

JOURNALLING
If your mind is like a washing machine with a bunch of thoughts spinning round and round, try doing a “brain dump” on paper. Write it all out, then chuck it in the bin, shred it or burn it. This is especially good before bed to help sleep.

NATURE
Spending time grounding yourself in nature barefoot is important when you have a stressy head. Reconnect with the earth.

MASSAGE
Treat yourself to a regular massage to help release the tension in your body and mind. Your body will love you for it. Try some self massage if money is tight.

ENERGY WORK
Energy techniques like Reiki and Kinesiology are incredible for de-stressing and kicking out any funky energy from your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.

EAT NOURISHING FOODS
A stressy head will want to automatically divert to carby foods, but ultimately they won’t help calm your system. Focus on eating nourishing, whole foods.

PIMP YOUR SLEEP ROUTINE
The amount of quality sleep is much more important than how long you’re in bed for. Check out Shawn Stevenson and his amazing tips on pimping your sleep.

USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Use calming essential oils live lavender and chamomile to calm your system.

EFT – EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Try some tapping to calm you and keep you grounded.

BREATHING TECHNIQUES
Our breathing tends to get shallow and constricted when we’re stressed, so focus on deepening your breathing and being more aware of your breath.

SOOTHING MUSIC
Use soothing music in the background to keep you in a chill space. I love using subliminal music and mantras like this one.

USE MAGNESIUM + CALMING HERBS
Magnesium spray is a great addition to our toolbox – we absorb more when we spray it on our skin compared to when we ingest it. I use a magnesium supplement, do Epsom salts baths and also spray it on my skin for a chuck everything at it approach. I also use a combo of ashwaganda, St Johns Wort and a Green’s supplement to give my body what it needs and keep stress at bay.

LAUGH
Nothing like a good belly laugh to calm the nervous system! I love booking in comedy nights to de-stress.

Catcha on the chill side,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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