One of the primary factors contributing to mental health issues is an unbalanced neural system. When our neurological system is dysregulated, we commonly have inappropriate or disproportionate thoughts, feelings, and actions, which cause us to either overreact or underreact to a situation, a person, or a person’s presence. Mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and trouble concentrating or remembering things, can be caused by nervous system dysregulation. Inappropriate actions may also be taken, such as rage or anger outbursts, passive hostility, withdrawal or isolation, dishonesty, and argumentative or aggressive behaviour.
Three Ways To Regulate Your Nervous System
1. Stimulate your Vague Nerve
The Vagus nerve is crucial for communication between your brain and several organs, including your heart, lungs, and stomach. Additionally, it is a key element in the parasympathetic nervous system. Many relaxation techniques, like yoga and meditation, target the Vagus nerve. Stimulating the Vagus nerve is a potent method of treating a neurological system that is out of balance. Here are some additional techniques for encouraging your Vagus nerve to work normally:
- Deep breathing exercises may help you focus on anything else when stressed out by bringing you back to your centre. Focusing on your breathing pattern can assist you in avoiding focusing on the stressor because the human mind can frequently only pay attention to one item at a time.
- Shout or sing loudly. Utilizing your vocal cords to stimulate the Vagus nerve is the next stage.
- Put your face in cold water or spray it with cold water.
- In addition, besides improving your mood, laughing activates the Vagus nerve.
2. Retrain your Limbic System
Our limbic system is capable of carrying out a wide range of tasks. The limbic system’s primary responsibilities include processing and managing emotion and memory. The limbic system influences long-term memory, motivation, behavior, and even smell. The limbic system, a part of the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems, affects how our body reacts to stress and stressful situations. Events become embedded in our bodies and brains through a network of neurons.
3. Find unnoticed sources of stress
Even when we are unaware of the stressor, our bodies can perceive it as such. The tiniest stimulus can activate a sympathetic nervous system that is already overworked. As a result, be vigilant and proactive in avoiding unnoticed pressures. Hidden stressors include the following:
- Movies that are violent or frightful, unfavourable news stories, stressful TV shows, or reality television. Our hearts can race, and our breathing can become laboured in response to these unfavourable stimuli. Instead, consider watching a motivational or uplifting program.
- Loud, pounding, and aggressive music. Music can either increase or decrease our stress levels, depending on how it affects our emotional state. The best music to soothe a dysregulated nervous system is calming, inspirational, or music that promotes meditation.
- Social media scrolling is an issue. The stunning images, captivating videos, and endless opportunities on social media can overwhelm us and generate stress hormones. Vacations from social media are great for your mood and nervous system.
Fortunately, having a dysregulated neurological system does not mean your life is completely out of control and there is no hope for recovery. We can always find a method to reset our internal balance.
Healing and recovery are still possible even if traumatic experiences have placed your system out of equilibrium. Returning to a condition of serenity and well-being may seem impossible, but be assured that it is possible if you are committed and persistent.