The sympathetic nervous system prepares the body for intense physical activity and is often referred to as the fight-or-flight response (think sharks chasing you!). The parasympathetic nervous system has almost the exact opposite effect and relaxes the body and inhibits or slows many high energy functions.
We don’t typically have sharks chasing us. However the sympathetic nervous system can be revved up by stress, running late, coffee, rushing around etc. Have you ever had to slam on the breaks and felt a rush or tingling sensation? That is adrenaline pumping through your body to go into fight or flight mode. Unfortunately over the day we can be exposed to many stressors. It’s important to recognise our stressors to help reduce our perception of the stress, avoid it or learn ways to reduce the stressor. Living in a constantly stressed out, adrenaline pumping body can lead to decreased gut health (example IBS), lack of energy, decreased immunity (colds, disease, aging skin) just to name a few.
- Sympathetic Nervous System: Fight or flight (sharks chasing you)
- Parasympathetic Nervous System: Rest and Digest (Restoring, calming)
To balance out our busy lives there are ways to create more “calm”. See list of ideas below. Everybody and every BODY is different and it’s about finding what works for you.
From the list you can them create personalised strategies to change unhealthy habits. If you would like more assistance please contact me.
Stress and Sleep
Lack of sleep or routine
Poor gut health
Life wheel being out of balance
Adequate quality sleep
Quality Nutrition/Gut Health
Self care – paint toe nails, read a book, take a bath, get a massage, self massage
Have a cuddle
Play with your pet
Call a friend
Try something new
Be creative – paint, draw, colour
Plan a trip