Calming Your Nervous System
Getting back out in the world can be overwhelming. I admit my jeans have been in the bottom drawer for a while now. I predict loose summer dresses will be making a big comeback this year!
On a more serious note, for all you overachievers out there, this transition will be difficult.
Your insatiable desire to complete tasks has gotten you to take on more and more work. Many of you have become around the clock workaholics. Neglecting your personal needs to perform at your best, at the one thing, you can control (or think you can) results in excellent work performance output. The drawback is your job should not be taking up 16 hours of your day (unless you work for yourself and are establishing a business)! You will need to establish boundaries for yourself. If you are going back into the office you will need to leave your work there.
A daily self care regimen is critical. It will have to be incorporated into your day and your work hours will have to be adjusted.
Our essential workers have been doing double duty and not having time for self care. For them, making time is crucial. Parents have had to juggle work and educating their kids. Trying to find balance in chaos is not an easy feat. Actually it is draining and frustrating. Technology challenged people, like myself, have been thrown into a new virtual world, trying to communicate without the feedback that comes with live interactions.
Whatever our life circumstances we can all agree that Covid 19 has forever changed us.
Many of us are confused. We have all experienced loss and grief. Our nervous systems have been on high alert for over a year now.
So what can you do to make the transition back into society doable ?
It starts with relaxing the nervous system!
1. Breathing deeply and getting into a daily self care regimen. Once you slow down and take deeper slower breaths you get out of the all-to-familiar shallow breathing pattern. Once the body recognizes there is no threat it can dial down to a calmer setting. Taking time throughout the day to do deep belly breathing can be very effective to calm your nervous system.
2. Daily quiet meditation which can be as simple as lighting a candle and with your eyes half shut just look at the candle. Focusing your attention just on the flame for three minutes.. This will allow your brain to slow down. If your mind wanders which it will just bring your attention back to the flame. Over time you can increase to ten minutes of focused attention on the flame. This will be very calming.
3. Stretching is a great start. Greet each day with an open stretch palms to the sky feeling gratitude for the gift of life. Now we all know, to well, just how precious life is. As time goes on you can gradually add more movement into your routine, yoga, daily walks . There are some great energy protocols that you can incorporate in as well. That is for another newsletter.
4. Taking time for a relaxing bath with aromatherapy can be helpful to relax the body. (My favorite is Grow Wellness aromatherapy blends, use my code Energy08 for a discount!)
5. A massage schedule is extremely beneficial, especially lymphatic massage and/or cupping where toxins can be safely released. (Looking for a place? GROW WELLNESS is the best, mention this article and get a free month membership!)
6. Getting a consistent sleep pattern going for yourself is essential. There are many over the counter sleep aids which can be helpful. I have found CBD bedtime lattes that work well for me. (Code: Energy08 for a discount to try it yourself!) I wake up clear headed and feeling rested, which hasn’t been the case with some of the over the counter sleep aids I have tried. To start having more consistent sleep hygiene make sure you shut off devices close to your bed. Don’t eat an hour before retiring (and if you watch television shut that down an hour before as well). Make sure your room is dark, an open window is always nice.
7. You may want to try listening to guided sleep meditations on a headset or relaxing music that has binaural beats in the background to put you to sleep. Just make sure your cell phone or other device is across the room.
8. Find time to pursue your passions. Try something different. Take up a new hobby. Try to join a group that shares your passion.
9. Get outside. Nature is the best healer. Lift your spirit with music, art, laughter.
10. Most importantly observe creativity in your day. Look at the creative aspect of everything you see from children playing to architecture to nature .We are all creators. We were born to create.
The universe is ever expanding. You must also expand. You are being called to transform. Like the caterpillar, we have been cocooned .We stand on the threshold . We are all breaking free, free to soar and free to create a new way of being . By honoring our bodies and expanding our consciousnesses the best version of us will awaken.
Are you experiencing trepidation about moving forward? If you feel stuck in any way please call Grow Wellness 203-403-3710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a customized Grow to Wellness Program with hypnotherapist, Kim Scala and our other practitioners.
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Kim Scala, Hypnotherapist
Kim is on an amazing transformational journey . Her wisdom and keen insight will be of great value to all who come into her high energy field. Kim is a board certified Hypnotherapist. She has Mediumship and Tarot Reading certification as well as Reiki 1&2, Quantum Touch and EFT Tapping. Kim uses various energy stimulation techniques and guided imagery visualizations to assist you to overcome subconscious blocks . Kim energetically attunes and recalibrates your body energy centers to get them running optimally. Kim is a graduate of UCONN and a long time resident of Ridgefield Connecticut.