Our bodily sensations are reflections of our unconscious mind, conveying messages through non-verbal signals. When practiced regularly, the Body Scan Meditation can become a potent tool for healing. Deb Dana puts it eloquently, “If there’s an argument between your body and your conscious mind, your body will always win.” Hence, forging a peace treaty between your conscious mind and your body is highly recommended.
Have you ever felt so stressed out that you couldn’t relax? When you are overwhelmed and unable to cope and recover, your nervous system can get stuck in perceiving the world as an uncertain place full of danger even when no threat exists. The solution to easing the effects of chronic stress is strengthening your capacity to reach places of calm, safety, and ease inside yourself. Deep Pressure Therapy is one of my favorite remedies for recovering from a stress spin.
This 3 Minute Pain and Stress Relief Vagus Nerve Exercise is designed to give you immediate relief from stress. Especially stress caused by using electronic devices for hours and poor posture.
Let me introduce an antidote to the productivity obsession from the Italian culture with a saying and philosophy of life called Il Dolce Far Niente. It translates as “how sweet it is to do nothing.” The joy of doing nothing means doing what you love instead of what you’re expected to or should do. In Italian culture, it’s considered an art in itself, the art of enjoyment, indulging yourself in activities that nurture you.
If you’re suffering from chronic illness, you’re most likely overwhelmed by everything you think you should do to get better. There’s an endless list of tasks: diets, exercise, meditation, movement, therapies, journaling, etc. Of course, I advocate for all these practices because I do them myself.But sometimes, doing these things feels like another chore, another pressure. Now imagine if your self-care could feel like a gift instead, nurturing and fun, something you look forward to.
The Vagus Nerve’s function is to adjust your physiology so you can adapt to your environment successfully. Adapting includes adjusting the heart and lung rate, hormone levels, blood flow, digestion, etc. For example, imagine the difference in your physiology when you run for your life from a tiger compared to going to sleep at night when you’re safe. Your physiology would be quite different in these two scenarios.