When we are caught in a state of anxiety and stress we are thrust into the sympathetic state, this is why we are activated to the ‘fight or flight’ mode, and the parasympathetic when in the ‘rest and digest’ mode. It’s very important that you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system in order to release emotional stress, accelerate healing and to improve recovery. Private rehab often recommends this practice to help with recovering.
Our body’s sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and Parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) are intelligently designed to handle and adapt to stress and balance each of these out. In today’s stressful world, our SNS is activated much more of the time, much more than what it is supposed to be. It is only designed for acute stress, so this chronic activation is really harmful for us. Drinking too much caffeine, ingesting too much caffeine and the daily struggles and stresses of 221st century life. Once we identify that our nervous system is off balance, we can go on to look at way to help our bodies recover from this stressful activated mode.
Sit And Watch A Campfire
Camping can be a wonderfully enjoyable occasion, it’s so relaxing and hypnotic to take a look into the flames. A campfire is a place of warmth and reflection that brings people together, you can also do a great practice of writing things that concern you onto a piece of paper and then burn it.
Start your day with a cold shower. Cold showers are a great reboot for your nervous system it gives it a real ‘shock’ that allows it to gain a sense of normality. It also helps to restore the energy field of the body if done often.
Walk Barefoot On The Grass. This Is Known As ‘Grounding’
Electrons have a fantastic antioxidant effect on the body, this helps to reduce inflammation, improves sleep, neutralises free radicals that might be present in the body and improves the energy transference between red blood cells and transform blood quality.
Drinking Warm Ionised Water Throughout The Day
Warm water has long been thought to be beneficial to improve hydration and be better for you than cold water. The negatively charged ions from the boiled water are great for detoxing the body.
Use A Blue Light Filter On Your Computer And Smartphone
This blocks the harmful blue light which actually simulates sunlight and makes it more difficult to sleep. Using a filter helps protect your body’s circadian rhythms and assists in a healthy sleep. Wearing glasses which blocks blue light can also do wonders towards a healthy sleep.
Steps like this can be really helpful following alcohol rehab as part of a wider recovery programme.
Do Something That Increases Your Physical Dexterity
Maybe it’s drawing, origami, arts and crafts, pottery, playing guitar – it’s important that you get in touch with your body.
Whether you are trying to recover from mental illness, physical ailment, addiction, this can be really beneficial for your to do. The parasympathetic nervous system allows you to recover, replenish and renew.