Even in secular settings, everyone knows what adrenaline is. A part of the nervous system regulates the production of such chemicals like adrenaline, which is required to allow the body to cope with high-intensity moments.
The nervous system is meant to be balanced. However, that is not always the case. The nervous system controls voluntary and involuntary movements in the body. Unfortunately, due to the fast-paced nature of our world, the nervous system is left to mainly deal with automatic actions, which in itself is a reaction to emergencies. The more common imbalance of the autonomic nervous system is sympathetic nervous system dominance. This keeps the body in a perpetual state of flight and fright.
When the body is faced with danger, the nervous system switches into automatic action, activating chemicals and substances that prepare the body through fright, fight, and flight. This is necessary to help the body survive impending dangers and cope with extreme excitement, like when your favorite team wins the world championship.
Since it is not anticipated that the body would face danger every day, nor do you have reasons to be highly excited every time, it is only normal that the production of such chemicals in the body should not be too frequent. It is dangerous for the body to be in an apprehensive state constantly. It is awful for your health. But once the body senses danger, which has, unfortunately, become too regular, the nervous system responds appropriately.
This has led to a severe imbalance in the nervous system, hence regulating the system for better health.
The Vagus Nerve
The vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve in the body, is a significant part of the nervous system that controls most of the functions associated with critical involuntary bodily actions like mood and heartbeat. The four primary functions of the Vagus Nerve are sensory, particular sensory, motor, and parasympathetic.
If the vagus nerve is healthy, it helps produce a measured response in times of emergencies, preventing overreactions that may lead to even more problems.
When the body repeatedly has to cope with extreme situations occasioned by environmental demands, there is a need to tone down the tension on the nervous system. Some tools can help in regulating the nervous system to prevent an imminent breakdown.
Regulating the Nervous System
Achieving and maintaining a balance between the nervous system components requires being self-aware and committed to certain regular practices.
One of the dangerous effects of an overworked nervous system is the constant feeling of tiredness, anxiety, and tension. Although relatively uncommon, the body can also experience dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system.
While it may be a sign of something more serious, following these steps may help to offer the necessary balance.
Learn the practice of deep breathing
Learning to breathe deeply is one of the ways of balancing yourself, especially after your anxiety refuses to go away.
Eat a balanced diet
Your diet could be the cause of an imbalance in your nervous system. Lack of fats is one known cause of such conditions. Ensure you eat balanced diets and watch your weight.
This cannot be overemphasized. Taking enough time to rest naturally resets your system. Having little or no time to relax may alter the balance of your nervous system. While resting, attempt to take long walks in serene atmospheres and breathe in the coolness of the serenity.
Reduce your desire for competition
You may become increasingly anxious when you compete too frequently with people for things that matter to you. Reduce your competition to save yourself health issues.
Try to forgive your offenders
When you feel cheated or offended, it is to your health’s advantage to forgive and move on. It may not be easy, but it’s a worthwhile price to pay.
Fill your mind with lovely thoughts
If it doesn’t interest you or make you feel better, stop thinking about it. But if it makes you feel better, please, meditate on it.
Practice Yoga postures
Yoga is known to boost mental health. You may need to find instructors who will guide you properly on getting the best out of the exercise.
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