A calm nervous system isn't most important

Now that Christmas is approaching, many people feel extra stressed. Christmas presents are to be bought, we want to finish our projects at work and we want to clean the house a little extra before the family reunion. But this stress doesn’t have to be negative. You need to dispel the myth that the most important thing is a calm nervous system.
 
A healthy nervous system isn’t always calm and relaxed. It’s flexible and adaptable. It can come back to a calm state after a stressful situation.
 
So when you stand up for yourself, or raise your hand to speak at a meeting, or rush to catch the train, your sympathetic nervous system is switched ON. The vagal brake (the vagus nerve) then helps you to return to the green zone again, after the choir or challenge is completed.
 
The problem is that if you frequently are in this stressful state, the nervous system keeps the stress responses activated. You’re switch ON gets stuck, the vagal brake that slows you down stops functioning in a good way and you lose the ability to feel safe, and to rest and repair. This can trigger anxiety, irritation, exhaustion, or the feeling of being speed.
 
Since you can’t be relaxed all the time, teaching your nervous system to build resilience and helping it to go back to the green zone after a stress response is the most important thing.
 
How do you do this?
Here are 3 examples of how you can do it:

  • One way is to consciously push yourself outside your comfort zone. Cold showers, like my trainer Wim Hof does. I highly recommend it.
  • Move/exercise every day.
  • Heartflow Breathing.