7 Steps to Switch Your Body from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic Mode
First of all, you may ask what is sympathetic and parasympathetic. In simple terms, your body is in sympathetic mode when the nervous system is activated to "fight and flight" mode and parasympathetic when in "rest and digest" mode. It is imperative to activate your Parasympathetic Nervous System to release emotional stress, accelerate healing and improve recovery.
Our body's sympathetic nervous system (also known as SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) are intelligently designed to handle and adapt to stress and balance each other out. However, in today's stressful world, our SNS, which is designed for acute stress, is in most people activated the majority of the time. Even worrying about something that hasn't happened or could happen activates our SNS. Drinking too much caffeine, eating too much sugar, commuting in rush hour traffic, stressing about our jobs, our children and our health can also activate our SNS and keep our bodies in "fight or flight" mode.
Once we identify that our nervous system is out of balance, we can then look at ways that can help our bodies to recover from this stressful mode.
To help you, we have put together 7 simple techniques that you could add to your routine to help activate your Parasympathetic nervous system and assist you on your healing journey.
1. Sit and Watch a Campfire
It is hypnotic and relaxing looking into the flames.
A campfire is a place of warmth and reflection that brings people together.
You can write things that worry you on a sheet of paper and then burn it.
2. Start Your Day with a Bucket of Cold Water
A simple strategy to reboot and balance your nervous system.
It gives a strong boost to your immune system.
This therapy restores the energy field of the body, if done regularly.
3. Start your Day Walking Barefoot on the Grass.
Releasing the positive charge into the ground, and getting a supply of electrons (negatively charged particles) into the body.
The electrons have a potent anti-oxidant effect on the body, which helps to:
Neutralise free radicals.
Improve energy between red blood cells and transform blood quality.
4. Drinking Warm Ionised Water Throughout the Day
This is an advanced hydration technique.
Negatively charged ions contribute to decreasing inflammation in the body.
This is a simple detox strategy that can be easily implemented at home.
How to do
Boil pure water for 30 minutes to create negatively charged ions in the water.
Put the water in a thermos and sip it throughout the day, but not with your meals.
5. Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses while Viewing Digital Devices
This simple trick reduces digital eye strain and decreases the risk of macular degeneration.
It is a way to protect the body's circadian rhythms and support healthy sleep.
Wearing blue light blocking glasses reduces mood swings and inflammation in the body.
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6. Take up Origami
Causes intense interactions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and effectively develops motor, intellectual and creative abilities.
Origami is a form of focused attention meditation, which stabilises the mind, reduces ruminating thoughts, and promotes calmness.
Reduces anxiety and feeling of purposelessness one fold at a time.
7. Create morning pages, as invented by Julia Cameron
Morning pages are three pages of hand-written stream of consciousness that you do first thing in the morning. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only.
Clearing your mind and setting the best possible start for the day.
Releasing negative emotions and thoughts.
Sparking creativity and finding out-of-the-box solutions for daily issues.
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There are many techniques to activate our parasympathetic nervous system but these are just some of our favourite techniques. Other activities that help include practising yoga or tai chi, playing with children or animals, meditation, getting a massage and going for green walks. Remember, this is not a once off activity, our bodies are under constant stress so it is important to find techniques that we enjoy and are comfortable with, so we can incorporate them into our daily schedule.
If you feel your body is in a constant state of "fight and flight" and you would like to talk to us about how we can help you regain your balance, contact us for a free consult.
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