What’s happening Challengers!
Are you ready to feel relaxed as you head into the weekend?
Normally, at this time of the week, we may feel like we’re on overdrive, trying to get everything done before Friday evening comes around. Added to that, we are overly exposed to stimulatory factors in our environment. Lights, colours, caffeine, noise… It’s often difficult to switch off.
That means your body finds it difficult to move into relaxation mode.
Your primary resting system is called the parasympathetic nervous system, and the vagus nerve is the main controller of it.
That’s why, today’s task is to:
Stimulate your vagus nerve
For this task, all you need to do is find yourself a quiet area where you can relax and breathe.
Using a specific technique, it can be done anywhere and at any time, and doing it on a regular basis can have a dramatic impact on your health.
The vagus nerve is the tenth nerve that originates in the brain and its is the major nerve in control of the heart, lungs and digestive tract. It interfaces with the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which controls the rest and digest responses of your body.
The opposite system, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), is the one that is involved in stimulatory responses of the bod. The SNS and PNS cannot work at the same time, and it’s a delicate balance of these two systems that is involved in homeostasis and health.
With our SNS in overdrive from continuous stimulation as a result of the environment we live in, it can be difficult to activate our PNS and our vagus nerve in general. But there is a way, and it involves a specific breathing technique called box breathing. It’s a controlled form of breathing that helps to lower blood pressure and calm the heart rate by stimulating the vagus nerve. To do it:
- Take a deep breath in for a count of four.
- Hold that breath for a count of four.
- Exhale for a count of four.
- Hold for a count of four.
Continue this breathing cycle until you feel calm and relaxed.
While the activation technique mentioned above can help, there are other ways to keep your SNS from working overtime.
Let us know in the comments below whether you managed to complete today’s task.
To your good health,
PS) This simple breathing technique can be just what you need to tone down overstimulation and bring your body into rest mode.
PPS) Sadly, tomorrow is your last task – but it’s a good one. Don’t miss it!