50K Tuneup: Transmission

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. 

Key Takeaways

  1. The stress response is not a bad thing; it’s what allows us to respond to challenges, both “good” and “bad.”
  2. Invoking the parasympathetic nervous system can help keep our body and brain in balance–and make us more resilient to stress.
  3. This works best if we do it proactively and regularly, instead of waiting until we’re in crisis.
  4. There are many different ways to activate the parasympathetic nervous system so keep looking until you find one that works for you. 

Lab Experiment:

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.