Unless you’re superhuman, your nervous system is on overdrive.
The events over the last few months have been horrendous — natural disasters, manmade forest fires, and acts of violence. Even if you did not directly experience any of these events, you have been impacted.
And whether you realize it or not, your mind and body are under stress.
People have asked me what they can do to support their minds and bodies during this time.
So today my goal is to provide you comfort and actionable ways to take care of your whole self and support your sympathetic nervous system.
Please note this post is not meant to minimize the direct impact millions of humans experienced. I recognize the grief I’ve experienced pales in comparison to the heartbreaking loss others have suffered. Even so, I want to acknowledge the stress we are all experiencing and provide ways to help us all cope.
Here are three actionable and evidence-based ways to help support your nervous system.
By now, you know I am a huge fan of meditation. Particularly during stressful times.
So what type of meditation is best?
There isn’t one type of meditation that is better than others. However, there are types that have been better studied. For example mindfulness meditation, a form that focuses on awareness and being in the present moment, has been shown to decrease stress and improve mood.
Want to learn more about how to meditate? Check out my post on How to Meditate.
2. Fuel Your Body with De-Stressing Foods
While it can be easy to reach for comfort food (like chips, cakes, and fries), they may actually make your mind and body feel worst.
Green leafy vegetables — spinach, kale, lettuce — are a great way to support your body. They are full of wonderful micronutrients that decrease stress and promote feelings of wellbeing.
Berries, which contain antioxidants and phytonutrients, improve your body’s response to stress.
Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and reduce surges of stress hormones. Omega-3’s can be found in fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and egg yolks.
3. Move Your Body in Ways that Make You Feel Good
Exercise can be a serious stress reliever so don’t neglect it during tough times.
Right now focus on forms of exercise that make you feel you good and is supportive to your wellness.
My personal picks right now include yoga, running, and biking.
There you have it. Three actionable and evidence-based ways to help support your stress and wellness. Which will you choose to incorporate into your wellness routine? Let me know below!
Until next time,