January 24th, 2022
One of the most important things we can do right now is learn to regulate our stress responses and take full responsibility for our emotional well-being.
Sadly, this is often the last thing on our list. For many, it isn’t even on the radar as something that should be a priority or equated with physical wellness, happiness, flow of abundance, and thriving relationships. I know it wasn’t for me for a long time.
But we can no longer afford to dismiss a calm nervous system as essential to our health on every level. Believe me, I’ve learned this the hard way.
Speaking of what we can’t afford, we don’t have to spend money to care for our nervous systems.
We can start by spending time in nature.
We can start by journaling daily.
We can start by using our imagination to travel to a peaceful place.
We can start by taking inventory of everything and everyone we are engaging with and noticing how we feel.
What are the stressors?
What are the peacemakers?
Is there room for adjustment here?
Tending to the health of our emotional state should be a daily practice. Especially in these intense times we are living. I don’t care if its only two minutes a day. It’s not the amount of time, it’s the habit of practice and the consistency that will create the lasting results.
Consciously engaging in elevated emotional states such as joy, peace, gratitude, and calm is like a soothing elixir to our nervous system. As we practice these feelings states regularly, we strengthen our immune system and optimize all functions of the body including our mental health.
And this is a job that we must do for ourselves. Certainly, there is plenty of excellent help out there to guide us along the way. But ultimately, we are the ones that must love ourselves enough to show up consistently and do the work.
Do you have a daily practice that supports calming your nervous system and emotional health?