from chaos to calm how centering can transform your nervous system by salina life coach and mindset hypnosis

From Chaos to Calm: How Centering Can Transform Your Nervous System

In today's fast-paced world, we're often pulled in multiple directions at once. From work deadlines to family obligations, it can be difficult to find a moment of peace and calm. However, while we no longer live in caveman times where we only activated our fight or flight response when we were in danger of physical harm, we still experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis. But don't worry, taking just a few minutes each day to center yourself can have a profound impact on your overall well-being, both in the short and long term. In this article, we'll explore the importance of centering and how it impacts the nervous system.

What is Centering?

Centering is a mindfulness practice that involves bringing your attention to the present moment and focusing on your breath. It's a way of grounding yourself in the here and now, and letting go of distractions and stressors.

Why is Centering Important?

When we're stressed or anxious, our bodies go into fight-or-flight mode. This means that our nervous system is activated, and our body releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While this response is helpful in times of danger, chronic stress can lead to a host of health problems, including heart disease, depression, and anxiety.

Centering helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and relaxation. When we're centered, our heart rate slows down, our breathing becomes deeper and more regular, and our muscles relax. This helps to counteract the negative effects of chronic stress, and promotes a sense of calm and well-being.

Long-Term Benefits of Centering

Studies have shown that regular centering can have numerous long-term benefits on the nervous system. For example, a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology found that regular centering practice can lead to a reduction in cortisol levels, which can be helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Another study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that yoga-based centering practices can improve heart rate variability, which is an indicator of a healthy nervous system.

Other long-term benefits of centering include improved focus and attention, better sleep, and reduced inflammation in the body. Additionally, regular centering practice can help to build resilience to stress, meaning that you'll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way.

How to Center Yourself

There are many ways to center yourself, but one fun technique is to practice a guided meditation. Check out this link for a quick centering exercise that incorporates visualization and breathing. 

Another way to center yourself is through movement. Try dancing to your favorite upbeat song - it's hard to feel stressed when you're shaking it off on the dance floor! Or, if you prefer something more low-key, take a walk outside and focus on the sounds of nature around you.

In a world where stress and anxiety are all too common, it's important to take time each day to center yourself. By practicing mindfulness and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, you can promote a sense of calm and well-being in both the short and long term. So why not try centering yourself today? Your nervous system (and your inner child) will thank you!

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