Nervous system regulation, patterns, triggers and our emotional state have been a hot topic over the past years. The Wellness industry is experience a huge boom because of the insights we gained through the hardships in the past.
Naturally leading to an increase of awareness around the importance of how crucial it is to being able to regulate your emotions.
When it comes to healthy responses to what life throughs at you your nervous system is a key player in regulating emotions. Emotions are complex psychological and physiological responses to internal and external stimuli, and the nervous system coordinates the various physiological and behavioral responses that make up emotional experiences.
Without diving too deep on the biological aspect of it, most of us are familiar with the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the “fight or flight” response. It is activated in response to perceived threats. This response triggers the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, and increases heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure.
The parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, is responsible for the “rest and digest” response, which helps the body relax and recover after a stressful event.
Both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems play important roles in regulating emotions.
For example, the sympathetic nervous system is activated in response to fear, anger, or other strong emotions, while the parasympathetic nervous system helps to calm the body down after a stressful event.
Additionally, the brain, which is part of the central nervous system, plays a critical role in processing emotional information and generating emotional responses.
Overall, the nervous system is closely tied to the regulation of emotions, with different parts of the system working together to generate and modulate emotional experiences.
Knowing this is key as you are the one on the journey to greater self-mastery and balancing all these parts of you. It’s essential to always pay attention to what your mind needs and at the same time notice what your body is telling you. The greatest lesson for me was to truly learn to read my body as I’ve been living a lot in my mind most of my life not paying attention to what my body was trying to communicate to me.
I’ve made changes in the following areas of my life:
In a world constantly stealing our focus, mindfulness and self-awareness are superpowers. They involve paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Practiced the right way, they lead to greater self-leadership which will ultimately help you regulate your emotions and manage stress, help you return to your focus and reclaim your inner authority. Focus on your breath, body sensations, simply observe your thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them but the awareness why this is happening. What is it that wants to be released.
Exercise has been shown to boost mood and increase energy levels. Even a short walk or light exercise can help regulate your emotions and boost your energy. Find an exercise routine that you enjoy and try to make it a regular part of your day. I try to walk for 30-60 min daily. Walking meditations are also powerful or change up your creative routine and take calls and brainstorming time during your walks. I get the best insights during a long walk.
I’m not a nutritionist or health expert but seeing food a fuel and nourishment helped me to honor my body more. I gained back my energy and control against mood swings and cravings that would cause my body to crash.
Connect with others: We’re not meant to be alone. Make time to connect but also be conscious who aligns with where you are heading, your values and beliefs. On the other hand practice being comfortable in stillness. Value your alone time and enjoy moments of nothingness, just doing you and setting up your own sacred place within you and your home.
Create on your own and co-create with others. Creativity is not only a skill, it’s its own force, flowing through you and inviting you to express yourself, find new ways, come up with solutions. It’s shows your genius and ability to master life in the best ways. It’s connected to reflective thinking, going deep and connecting with yourself, allowing you to express yourself when words fail. Elizabeth Gilbert writes about it in her book “Big Magic”, one of my favorites.
Not a reward. Make sure to plan enough time for breaks, rest, naps, baths, outdoor activities. These are the simplest things helping you to calm down. The better your well-being routines, the less stressed and reactive you will be. Get enough sleep and enjoy stillness: Sleep is essential for regulating your energy and emotions. Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night and establish a regular sleep schedule. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and electronics before bed, as these can interfere with your sleep.
Without giving away your inner authority. I believe in mentors, the right coaches or therapists. But in the end, you have to bet on yourself. No one will save you. At the same time all is part of the spectrum of life, pain and love, day and night, the hardships and the greatest opportunities. You would miss out on 50% of life if they wouldn’t exists. In moments of doubt, remember the principle of AMOR FATI. It means love of one’s fate. It’s the practice of acceptance and the power that whatever comes your way, good or bad was necessary or even good. In the end it turns out exactly how it’s meant to. It’s an invite to practice your attitude towards life and remember that no matter how bad, you always have the choice to choose otherwise. It helps you to regulate your response to life.