Your nervous system is a highly sensitive, deeply connected part of you.
Made up of a complex network of nerves and cells in your body, your nervous system’s job is to regulate your systems, all while controlling and coordinating your body’s response for both internal and external stimuli. Our nervous system has two predominant states: the Sympathetic nervous system- which is also known as the ‘Fight or Flight’ system, and the ParaSympathetic Nervous System- or the ‘Rest and Digest’ Function of the system.
Understanding your nervous system is a very important aspect of learning how to care for and nourish yourself, because we can use our nervous system as an indicator of the state of our mental health.
A burned out nervous system might look like:
- Chronic fatigue
- Increased stress and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irritability and mood swings
- Muscle tension and headaches
- Decreased focus and motivation
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Digestive issues
- Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat
- Weakened immune system.
Of course, it is important to understand that some of these issues may be related to other aspects of your health too, but- when you start constantly experiencing these symptoms as a result of burnout, trauma, or mental health struggles- then, this may be a sign that your nervous system is in serious need of nourishment and rest.
So, what can you do if your nervous system is burnt out?
Read on to explore 10 ways you can support and soothe a tired nervous system
- Deep breathing exercises
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Aromatherapy with essential oils
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
- Getting enough sleep
- Talking to someone about your feelings
- Writing down your thoughts
- Engaging in a relaxing activity such as yoga or taking a bath.
These activities may not resonate with everyone, so it is important to engage in self care that truly feels good to you. Use this list as a guide of options you can try out and explore the benefits of.
Always remember that you are so worthy of slowing down and taking time to get the care you need. Your health is your responsibility and your priority, so do your best to treat it as such.