In part 5 of our 50,000 Mile Tuneup series, we’re focusing on the ability to shift our body and brain into neutral–and why it’s so important to cultivate this as a regular part of our routine.
- The stress response is not a bad thing; it’s what allows us to respond to challenges, both “good” and “bad.”
- Invoking the parasympathetic nervous system can help keep our body and brain in balance–and make us more resilient to stress.
- This works best if we do it proactively and regularly, instead of waiting until we’re in crisis.
- There are many different ways to activate the parasympathetic nervous system so keep looking until you find one that works for you.
Step 1: Play the field. Take some time to research and try out a bunch of different things. (See the worksheet for ideas.)
Step 2: Pick your favorite(s) and schedule time at least once a day to make this a regular practice.
Step 3: Notice how you feel and function when you make time to shift into neutral.