The sympathetic system controls the body’s “fight, flight or freeze” responses, while the parasympathetic system controls the body’s rest, state of relaxation and calm statuses. Being able to transition smoothly from one status to the other is critical to overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Fortunately, exercise can play a major role in the nervous system’s ability to handle, manage and recover from stressors smoothly.
A morning test of grip strength (ensuring your grip is still firm and tight), can help to monitor the nervous system’s health. In addition, monitoring cognitive functioning, motor skills, and bodily movements and responses can also help to provide a clear picture of nervous system health.
Other helpful items for the nervous system might include taking fish oil, avoiding stressful situations, and eating a healthy diet. Grounding exercises such as walking in the grass, Reiki and massage can also be helpful.
In addition, it’s important to note the body is unable to tell the difference between certain types of stressors, and it not necessarily adapted yet to modern living. Watching upsetting news or social media posts can have a debilitating impact on the nervous system. Things we perceive as stressful (work or relationships) can have the same impact on the body as crossing a lion’s path.
Limiting screen time at night, media consumption and overlighted areas can all help to reduce impacts on the nervous system.
Taking a nap can be one of the most helpful things to do to reset the body’s responses.