Let’s avoid the Christmas rush and chaos and take a trip to Vagus!
Well I know Vegas would be a great place to visit but it is the opposite to what I would like to offer you today … rather than noise, flashing lights, crowds of people and chaos … I’d like to offer you ways to calm the chaos.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Christmas day is just around the bend and the chaos of Christmas, the stress of the gift lists, crowded stores, waiting in endless lines and the chaos of traffic in the parking lot can play havoc with your well-being. It can really create a lot of stress and really wear you down in a season when we are to feel joy, love and inner peace!
Yet you can calm the inner chaos created by the Christmas rush by initiating the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve. The word vagus in Latin is for “wandering”, which is an accurate description of this nerve as it meanders from the brainstem, wraps around the heart, fibers spread to the lungs, stomach, intestines and glands that produce anti-stress enzymes and hormones (like Acetylcholine, Prolactin, Vasopressin, Oxytocin), – and influences the relaxation response.
There are other great benefits in addition to calming the chaos, decreasing stress and feeling relaxed and calm when activating the vagus nerve. It also improves your immune system, reduces pain, helps you improve in decision-making and acts as a mind-body connection as the seat of intuition and compassion linking your heart’s emotions and gut instincts. And the more you engage the vagus nerve, like muscles when you exercise, the stronger it gets!
Vagus baby Vagus!
Well how do we get there? No expensive flights are necessary!
You can engage the vagus nerve at anytime and anywhere by taking a breath. It’s that simple! Taking deep breaths will stimulate your vagus nerve to calm your body.
Just slow your breathing down and take a deep breath to stimulate the vagus nerve.
To enhance the stimulation of the vagus nerve while breathing you can breathe with the glottis partially closed. The glottis is at the back of your tongue and it is closed when you are holding your breath.
Here we want to have it partially closed. It is that feeling you have in your throat while you exhale and make a “Hhhhhhhh” sound in order to clean your glasses, but this time keep your mouth closed and let the air partially close the glottis and allow the air to flow out of your nose.
By controlling the glottis you are:
- Controlling the air flow and
- Stimulating your vagus nerve.
So when you find yourself in the Christmas rush just go to Vagus and breathe deep to calm the chaos and stress and to help you feel focused, at peace and experience inner harmony, joy and love in this season!
More great tips and techniques to calm the chaos at Christmas and throughout your life are covered in my book “Falling into the Rhythm of Life – Life Lessons Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”. It makes a great Christmas gift as well for relatives and friends who are living busy stressful lives too!
All the best and remember to live in the “Rhythm of Life” and connect to the greatness that lies within for your utmost success and vitality!