Dear Friends,

Our nervous system affects how we think, feel and act.

When we’re stressed and in the fight or flight response

  • our thoughts will be fast, negative and fear-based
  • our body will feel tense, our heart will race and we may feel butterflies
  • our breath becomes sort and shallow
  • our nervous system is heightened and hypervigilant

 

We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we respond to life’s stressors and empty our stress bucket regularly.

The key to releasing stress and maintaining a balanced and healthy nervous system is our vagus nerve.

 

Here’s how to activate the vagus nerve:

  • Compassion
  • Cold water
  • Humming
  • Breathwork
  • Yoga – poses focused on neck, chest, belly and psoas
  • Meditation

Meditation calms the nervous system

 

How we think affects how we feel and how we feel affects our decisions and actions.

When we’re stressed, the front part of our brain that’s responsible for calm, rational thinking shuts down and the fear centre if our brain is in charge.

This means that our thoughts become overly negative.

A regular meditation practice will

  • reduce stress hormones
  • reduce blood pressure
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • create new neural pathways (changes the brain and how we think)
  • make us less reactive/impulsive
  • improve our thinking and decision making
  • improve our sleep

Yoga and Meditation increase our capacity to deal with life

 

We can’t control what happens to us but we CAN control how we respond to the stress in our lives. Emptying our stress bucket daily will ensure we have the capacity to handle life’s curveballs without overwhelm and burnout.

The best thing we can do to help loved ones who are stressed is to calm ourselves and be the calm ones in a crisis.

Learn Meditation with Monica

 

If you want to befriend your mind, if you want to calm your nervous system, if you want to think better and feel better, then join me for a 6 Week Meditation Course – The Meditation Habit.

Get daily support and accountability to learn meditation and to make it a habit that sticks.

Meditation makes life easier – it changes how we think, feel and act.

Sometimes our minds feel out of control, and we’re lost in a sea of thoughts. Our mind can be our worst enemy and we can spiral into negative and anxious thinking.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We can learn to befriend our minds.

We can choose what we think about.

We can direct our attention.

We can create new neural pathways.

It’s never too late to change our minds. I have clients in their 60s and 70s who are learning meditation and changing the way they’ve been thinking for 50 years!

Meditation isn’t about sitting in a painful cross leg position on the floor

It’s not about spending hours and hours each day

You don’t have to change anything about yourself, you just tap into your highest potential when you sort your thoughts out.

Meditation is about befriending our minds because life is easier with a calm mind.

 

LEARN TO MEDITATE

 

 

 

Keep calm,

 

Monica