I hope you are balancing the extra parties, shopping, and other holiday activities with grace. I know I always want to do way more than is humanly possible. So, I would like to share a little gift I learned from Qigong that will slow you down and calm your nerves. It’s easy. You can do it anywhere anytime, and the results are quick. And gees, get your family to join in on the fun!
It is a vagus nerve activation. Why activate the vagus nerve? Not to get too technical, it is considered one of the most important nerves in the body, and the longest one of the autonomic nervous system. It starts at the base of the spine and goes down into the abdomen. It helps regulate heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, digestion, and even speech. Ever get a queasy stomach when you’re nervous? Or feel your throat tighten up when afraid or angry? Does your heart rate go up when a car almost hits you? (Well, of course it does!) These responses are all regulated by the autonomic nervous system which has two parts: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic.
The sympathetic nervous system prepares your body for fight, flight, or freeze. What’s your automatic response?
The Parasympathetic nervous system calms your body down.
After two stressful years of COVID most of us have overstimulated sympathetic nervous systems. If you are stressed continually, the sympathetic nervous system stays open and alert, and you are continually on edge. It takes less to feel stressed and more and more to calm you.
The vagus nerve is the key. Simple humming activates the vagus nerve and calms you down. It also helps soothe the over worked autonomic nervous system. Here is an example of the humming. It is one sustained tone.
So here’s to a joyful and calm holiday season! Oh, and one more thing. I know online shopping is no big deal, but we are thrilled to have it on our website. I feel like a kid in a candy store and want to share. So we are having one last 20% off holiday sale to help you find that truly unique gift.
To joy, peace, and love,