An overstimulated nervous system and the accompanying anxious thoughts can feel so debilitating and overwhelming.
It takes daily commitment, but there are some amazing natural tools we can use to ease anxiety so we can feel more focused and calmer.
1. Diaphragmatic breathing is deep belly breathing to help you activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, and heal). Just a few minutes can have a profound impact on your nervous system & help you recover quickly from stressful moments.
Sit or lay down in a comfortable position.
Count to 4 as you inhale, exhale for 5 through your nose.
Hand on your belly, feel it expand as you breath in, contract as you breathe out.
Try it for a minimum of 10 breaths daily.
2. Nutrition can benefit our mental & physical health by providing specific micronutrients to calm the nervous system, helping the body facilitate the detoxification of stress hormones, supporting the normal function of neurotransmitters that dictate how we feel (ex. serotonin), & support a healthy gut environment. The gut microbiome can greatly influence hormones & neurotransmitters that affect mood + bacteria in the gut directly communicate with our brain via the vagus nerve/gut-brain axis.
Nourish your nervous system with nutrients like Magnesium, B vitamins, Omega 3 Fats, & fermented foods daily. These include foods like black beans, cold water fish, avocado, asparagus, raw sauerkraut, asparagus, & oats.
3. Adaptogenics, like medicinal mushrooms, help the body adapt to stress and bring it back toward natural equilibrium. Reishi mushroom, or nature's chill pill, has been shown to improve sleep quality & depth, alleviate chronic overwhelm & calm the nervous system. It also provides support for your nervous system on a deep cellular level by helping to replenish & regenerate nervous system damage from long term stress.
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By Annaliisa Kapp, Certified Holistic Nutritionist