4 simple hacks to nourish your nervous system

When we’re stuck in sympathetic dominance or our ‘fight or flight’ nervous system, we can’t tap into our parasympathetic ‘rest, digest and repair’ nervous system. It’s either one or the other. 

When we’re in sympathetic dominance for too long it can compromise all other important systems in our body: our digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, and our ability to get a good night’s sleep. 

So what’s the solution? 

While there is no immediate fix, regularly incorporating mind-body practices into your daily routine such as time away from tech and time spent in nature can help our system recalibrate from stimulating situations. 

Here are 4 simple lifestyle hacks to help you tap into your parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ nervous system. 

  1. Time away from tech: 

Turn off your Instagram notifications, Facebook group chats and WhatsApp alerts! You could go as far as turning off your Wifi altogether, I dare you? 

The constant and relentless flow of notifications and online engagement keeps us ‘switched on’ and can distract us from being present with others and ourselves. 

Dedicate a specific time each day to tune into yourself and the real world, have quiet time away from technology, to allow your body to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system. 

  1. Feed yourself fat: 

The brain and nervous system love fat. Think of eating healthy fats as a way to cushion your nervous system. 

Regularly incorporating healthy fats into your daily meals can help stabilise your blood sugar levels and reduce cortisol production through the day. 

Healthy fats include those that make up the Mediterranean diet, such as avocados, nuts and seeds, chia seeds, fatty fish, eggs and extra virgin olive oil. 

  1. Schedule in self-enjoyment: 

Schedule in self enjoyment just like you would a work meeting. 

Give yourself permission for self-enjoyment everyday, whatever that might look like for you. 

The aim is to prioritise and spend more time doing the things you love to do. The feelings of joy and happiness instantly bring us into our parasympathetic nervous system. 

  1. Spend time in nature: ecotherapy 

Time spent in nature is time never wasted! Mother nature is our antipode to stress and can be our biggest healer. 

Ecotherapy refers to a method of restoring optimal health and wellbeing through routine exposure to the natural world. 

Simply spending time in nature can reduce acute stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve our immune system and reduce cortisol levels by up to 20%.  

It can be as simple as a 20minute walk outdoors, putting your feet on the earth, or a refreshing ocean swim. 

These are simple and free mind-body hacks you reap the rewards from straight away. If you feel you need more targeted support through nutritional nutrients, supplementation or herbal medicine, please reach out for a complimentary call or book an initial consultation.