Whenever you feel a certain emotion or a change within your body and you respond with not now, you choose to neglect it. While your body is trying to state the obvious Man, I’m not feeling great, could you please stop for a second, people simply ignore it. There is always something urgent and labeled with important. But, what is more important than our health and wellbeing? We agree, there is nothing more important so check our 10 ways to heal a stressed out nervous system.
Start by listening to your body
Your body signals whenever something is not quite right. There are many warning signs that your body is under stress and that your nervous system needs a break. In order to observe these signs, a person has to tune in an listen. For starters, do a simple exercise. Lie down on the bed or sit in an armchair. Breathe in slowly and exhale in the same manner. Once you achieve a steady breathing rhythm, start scanning each part of your body. Start with your toes and continue slowly to your head. Think about the way each body feels. The solution is simple – observe these signals and incorporate our following tips for two weeks. This is the minimum time required to observe positive changes it will do to your nervous system.
Give your body a warm hug in a cup
Having a cup of warm herbal tea is like receiving a hug from someone we trust. It warms you up on the inside and relaxes the tension. For this particular reason, your day should start with a cup of warm tea. For centuries now, tea has been used to relax the nerves, ease the pain and calm the senses. Literally, you can drink your way to relaxation and peacefulness. For this reason, get into the habit of drinking tea in the morning. The body will use this warmness to speed up metabolism.
Also, teas contain amino-acid like L-Theanine which reduces stress and anxiety and boosts mental health and performance. Green tea has the highest amount of l-theanine (about 5mg per cup). Other natural solutions to calm the nerves include chamomile tea which is rich in antioxidants. Peppermint tea can also reduce stress because menthol eases the tension and relaxes muscles. For the best possible effect, try to drink tea slowly and enjoy every sip of it.
Fuel it to soothe it
Health dietary choices will provide the best fuel for your body, When we say fuel, we literally mean to give your body the energy it needs through food. Our body needs proper sources of healthy protein, water, carbohydrates, and fats to function properly. Moreover, our brain requires other sources of healthy nutrients to function properly, too. Firstly, it needs vitamin-rich leafy greens, Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish, antioxidants found in dark chocolate, Vitamin K found in avocado and broccoli, healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamin E found in almonds and nuts, flavonoids found in berries.
Secondly, to ensure that your body gets everything it needs, make sure to eat on a schedule. In other words, skipping meals is not an option. One of the reasons your body and brain feel stressed is because it is hungry. So, prepare your healthy meals in advance and think of some healthy snacks, too. Eating from the nearest fast food or a vending machine won’t heal your body. It will only make our condition worse. So, give healthy eating a chance and get used to the benefits it provides.
Avoid emotional eating or drinking
Unhealthy cravings are our body’s natural response to stress. It is okay to indulge once in a while when the occasion presents itself. Unfortunately, emotional eating results in overeating. That is why proper stress management practice advocates fighting the urge to overindulge. Stressed out people often eat a lot of sweets or drink alcohol. The purpose of this is to feel better. However, these quick fixes result in even worse withdrawal symptoms and weight gain.
The best way to avoid emotional response to stress is to address the emotional needs and to find a way to deal with stress head-on. Whenever you feel the urge to succumb to emotional eating, avert your attention to something else. Eat a healthy meal instead or engage in an activity that will boost the release of endorphins and dopamines. Once the feel-good hormones flood your body, you won’t have the urge to bury your face in food.
Heal your gut, too
The health of our gut affects the state of our brain, thus our nervous system. A state of our gut is even worsened if we are under a lot of stress. It may be one of the reasons why your anxiety reached an all times peak and your digestion is slower than usual. Digestive discomforts can be resolved when you define your stressors and deal with them. Also, adding some of the gut-friendly food like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kimchi, the gut microbe will be replenished. You can also use healthy probiotics like apple cider vinegar capsules or other supplements to help reduce the symptoms.
Heal your nervous system with exercise
All of the things we’ve mentioned so far will have positive effects on your nervous system. But, if you really wish to achieve the best possible results, you should combine them all with exercise. Physical activity, vigorous one and a moderate one, has the ability to heal your body. The act of exercising further supports the relaxation of your nervous system.
Physical exercise stimulates your body to release endorphins which are used to heal your body naturally. So, aim to spend at least 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week on a sweating session. After a few weeks you will notice how your natural rhythm has improved, your mood is lighter, you feel stronger, less stressed and sleep better.
You can also achieve the same stress reduction by engaging in a fun outdoor activity. For example, riding a bike will stimulate the release of endorphins, help you burn calories and let you enjoy beautiful nature. Remember to stay hydrated so keep a hydration pack on you at all times. Also, quality cycling clothing allows you to step up the tempo while not wasting your energy. Makes sure to choose proper cycling essentials to make your cycling journey enjoyable. Cycling will also boost your energy as you will soak up on sunlight even if you cycle around the block.
Find refuge in companionship
People should not deal with their issues alone. Whenever you feel drained and mentally exhausted, turn to your support system. Hang out with a friend or family until your heart is filled with warm emotions and your mind is less burdened. Face to face conversations are the best tools for handling stress. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those who support you. Share your thoughts and emotions and let someone else give you a different perspective. Maybe the solution to a problem is obvious, but you just don’t have the right tools to see it because you are stressed. A chit-chat with a friend might be just what you need to feel less lonely, safe and less anxious.
Do whatever it takes to stop thinking about the things that stress you out and feed those negative emotions. Laugh it all out by having fun. Play your favorite songs and dance that stress away. Dancing also counts as physical exercise. Not only will you have fun, but you will also burn some calories and boost endorphins.
Watch funny animal videos and laugh your heart out. Line up the best comedies, prepare some healthy snacks and put everything on pause until you watch all of them an. Laughter decreases stress hormones and triggers the release of endorphins. You will feel less stressed after a laughter session. This is a good deal if you ask me. So, laugh and laugh until you start feeling calm and at ease.
Soak in a warm bath
Help yourself by soaking up in a warm bath. Light up some scented candles or use an essential oil diffuser to stimulate your senses. The soothing warm water will relax your muscles, warm your body and also stimulate the release of endorphins. So, if you truly want to relax and soothe your stressed body, make sure to follow our warm bath guide. For the best results, you need to mix a few ingredients with warm water. You will need some Epsom salt, baking soda, and a teaspoon of essential oils. Soothing music in the background is optional, but it will surely improve the experience.
Epsom salt has anxiety-fighting benefits due to magnesium sulfate. Eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint essential oils are all used to fight stress. You can add a few drops of each or pick the one you like the most. Lastly, once you get into this rejuvenating bath, make sure to turn off your mind and try to meditate for the optimum results. Once you get out, nourish your skin with some body oil and continue thinking happy thoughts.
The poor sleeping schedule also affects your nervous system. If you truly wish to reset your stressed out nervous system, practice all of our tips and try to improve your sleep routine. Aim to go to bet before 11 pm every night and try to wake up at the same time, each morning. Sleep should be given priority as it is the path to longevity, less anxiety, and better health.