If nothing else, this difficult time has shown us just how important it is to protect and preserve both physical and mental health. One silver lining to emerge from the last 18 months: we’re now more aware of what sends our stress levels into the stratosphere. The tricky part? How to bring them back down to earth fast. The good news is that inside every one of us in an actual nerve whose job it is to do exactly that -- the vagus nerve (VN) – and you have the power to tap into its calming power, with ‘vagus nerve stimulation’ (VNS).
One often overlooked but extremely helpful health marker I encourage everyone to track is their heart rate variability or (HRV). Learning more about your HRV can give you a better picture of your cardiovascular fitness and your over-all resilience, as well as helping to steer you toward more health-supportive daily behaviors and lifestyle tweaks. Think of HRV as a sort of on-demand monitoring and feedback system for doing stuff that keeps you well.
Are you craving a massage but can’t find the time or money? Or maybe you’re afraid of exposing yourself to a new COVID variant or you’re caught up with obligations. Did you know you can hack the power of massage by learning to do Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage - a warm oil self-massage? You can, and it’s easy and inexpensive.
For all our obsessing about what we eat, we pay comparatively little attention to how we eat. And that’s too bad, because our unconscious, stressed, rushed, lonely, and compulsive approach to eating is probably doing more damage to our collective health than our Cinnabon, Krispy Kreme, and Cronut obsessions combined.
The scientific benefits of meditation are extensive and well-documented. When you know what you’re doing, meditation works. Sleep and energy levels improve. Stress levels go down. Immunity is strengthened. Digestion is more balanced. The ageing process slows. Coping with change is easier. Mental clarity and focus sharpens.