With chronic mental, emotional or physical stress, our nervous system can get stuck in high alert. Examples of behaviors will vary depending on age, yet examples might include:
- Extremes in regulation
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Night terrors or Sleep Walking
- Emotional Outbursts or Tantruming
- Fleeing and/or becoming combative
- Hard time expressing yourself because you’re feeling overwhelmed
- Anxiety, irritability or heart racing
- Feeling overwhelmed by sensory stimulation
- Strong emotions that don’t match the size of the problem
These are a few simple and effective ways to regulate the nervous system:
- Rhythmical Movements – Rhythmical Movements help to stimulate parts of the brain which bring balance to the Autonomic Nervous System.
- Epsom salt baths – The Magnesium helps to reduce the symptoms related to stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and digestive issues.
- Eliminate food dyes, preservatives and additives – They act as neurotoxins and can impede certain brain functions for up to 12 hours.
- Sleep – With the proper amount of sleep for your age, you can reconnect with natural circadian rhythms to restore the nervous system.
- Deep nasal breathing – Helps train the body’s reaction to stressful situations and dampen the production of harmful stress hormones.
- Reduce technology usage – Close proximity to electromagnetic pollution from a wide range of devices disrupts the electrical communication between nerve cells.
- Hugs – Hugs increase neurotransmitters that regulate feelings of well-being.