The nervous system is made up of two main parts: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerves connecting central nervous system to the rest of the body). When a person is constantly working at a state of overstimulation, the nervous system does not get a chance to relax. We call this “burnout”.
For people who have a hard time relaxing, even when on vacation, it means the nervous system feels better when it is burnout mode rather than in relaxation mode. Take this warning sign seriously! It’s time to relax the nervous system to introduce it to ‘calm’ and make that sensation a part of its’ “muscle memory”.
You may be asking, “How does somebody relax the nervous system?” Schedule some relaxation time on your calendar!!
Some relaxation time you could schedule:
- a calming walk outside – not a high energy pace, but a soothing walk that allows you to connect with your breathing
- mindful meditation — here’s some tips on getting started with mindful meditation
- ground yourself by walking barefoot in nature
Ultimately, whatever you choose, slow down! Take time to let your body adjust to a calm state of mind.
Need help? Contact Your Success Coach, Kim Dalius.