HOw to relax in times of stress
Life as we knew it is suddenly different in many ways due to the current situation with Covid 19. As we adjust to a new way of going about our day to day, we are finding some things in short supply. One thing that may have been a bit more scarce for you recently is a sense of human connectedness and moments of profound relaxation. We are, after all, tribal by nature, and it is in our nature to connect to others. Feeling safe is also fundamental to our overall health and well-being. From a neurophysiological perspective, we can turn to The Polyvagal Theory. This shows us that slowing down and stimulating our Vagus Nerve has profound effects on our overall health and helps us to create feelings of safety.
We have taken the time to bring to you a sense of connectedness and allow you to deeply relax with a fifteen minute Hypnosis for Immunity. We encourage you to take a 15-minute break with us and create more wellness from the inside out. Through the study of Psychoneuroimmunology, we see first hand how the body follows the mind.
Please enjoy this visual and auditory experience with your eyes open to take in the relaxing visual experience and again with your eyes closed. We encourage you to listen to this as often as you would enjoy relaxing more deeply and improving your overall well-being.
As a reminder when enjoying hypnosis, meditation, guided meditations or any other form of relaxation that employs our subconscious mind, please do so only in a comfortable place where your attention to your surroundings is not necessary. Never listen to these recordings when driving or operating machinery or if your attention to your surroundings is needed.
Here are some additional quick body hacks to help stimulate your Vagus Nerve and activate your Parasympathetic Nervous System to create a more relaxed bodymind state.
Alternative nostril breathing, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or dragon breathing as it is sometimes called is a great technique for activating the Vagus Nerve and triggering the relaxation response.
- Make the “call me” or “hang 10” hand movement. The one in which your thumb and pinky finger are extended outward.
- Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed. Place your left hand on your left knee.
- Use your thumb to cover one nostril either right or left. Take a deep breath from the other nostril. Let go of the other side to release the breath and repeat for 5-10 breaths.
- Switch sides using your pinky and draw in a deep long breath through the other side and then covering the opposing nostril to release. Repeat this for 5- 10 breaths.
- ***Quick Tip. To really help stimulate the Vagus Nerve, pump your belly on the out breath from the diaphragm in a gentle and rhythmic pattern.
As you are aware, the body follows the mind so be mindful about what type of thoughts and information you are allowing in. Sometimes, a simple reframe can help our neurochemical response and immediately move us into a more relaxed state.
Consider letting go of words such as should, have to or must. Replace these with the word choose or I get to.
For example: “ I really have to be more prepared.” vs “ I am choosing to make the needed changes to feel more comfortable.” These two sentences create a different physiological response within you.
In our physical absence from one another, we strive to still be a valued resource to help you feel better, stay connected and tune up your happy. We have all been reminded to slow down and focus on what is truly important. Practicing self-care is no longer just a buzzword. Self-care is a more simple way of living, and practicing vibrational medicine is fundamental to us all.
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