JJ's (Feb 2019) Tips in this issue:
1. How to Rest & Relax from Stress!
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With all the stress that is part of work and life, have you learned to relax and rest quickly? Constant stress can make your body sick, so how do you relieve the stress to stay healthy?
Many years ago I discovered that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything!
So when I recently heard from Kaiser Permanente about the Vagus Nerve that is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and how stimulating it causes better relaxation, rest and digestion, I wanted to hear more!
The (ANS) consists of the Sympathetic Nervous System which is the flight, fight and freeze response, and the Parasympathetic Nervous System which is rest and digest or relaxation response.
This Vagus Cranial Nerve that is the longest nerve in the body originates in the brain and connects to various important organs.
Here are some easy and quick tips to stimulate the Vagus Nerve for better health and relaxation:
~ Hearty out-loud laughter flutters the diaphragm which massages the Vagus Nerve.
~ Positive social interactions or micro moments that make you feel happy.
~ Washing your face or showering in cold water.
Studies show that as your body adjusts to cold water it activates the nerve
~ Deep breaths in your chest or diaphragmatic breathing where the low belly rises and falls.
~ Right side lying or sleeping.
~ Humming or chanting. You didn’t know that chanting at a game would be so beneficial.
~ Singing in the shower, even if you sound terrible, because it vibrates the nerve.
~ Massages that add pressure and movement to your organs.
~ Meditation or 5 Minutes of Quiet Time that promotes feelings of goodwill.
Of course other well-known forms of energy body-enhancing activities like Yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong, and Acupuncture are beneficial as they also stimulate the Vagus Nerve.
These are some of the ways to stimulate the Vagus Nerve, so pick and choose the easiest to do and do them regularly! Besides, you’re probably already doing some of them anyway!
Here’s the last one…..easiest to do, anywhere…just shiver from your neck down your whole spine. That’s an easy one since we’re having lots of cold weather now. It stimulates the nerve and relaxes you! Goodbye stress! Hello rest and relaxation!
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin
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