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Written by Karel Nunnink   

The vagus nerve
One of the great mysteries of life, is how the vagus nerve can be so widely ignored. It’s the biggest nerve in the body and it extends from brain (starting near the carotid artery) and down through the chest cavity. It directly communicates with the lungs, heart, liver, the stomach and small intestine, the pancreas, and the enteric nervous system, .
One of the big things it does, is get the parasympathetic nervous system to kick in. It balances out the whacked, adrenaline-crazed sympathetic nervous system, and gets us to chill out. It can head anxiety attacks off at the pass. It can cancel panic before it gets a hold of you. It tames the torrents of agitation and edginess, and soothes frayed nerves. It It gets our proverbial runaway Prius of a system to actually stop accelerating — like shifting into neutral, and it gives our body the ability to decelerate, relax already.
Let’s face it, going 90 mph all day, every day… bouncing from one multi-task flurry to another is no way to live. Survive, sure — but don’t we want more than that? We eat… but do we digest? Do we even taste the food we eat? We sleep… but do we rest? When we wake up, are we even truly awake? We pump ourselves up with caffeine and sugar, then we bring ourselves down with a huge meal followed by television and/or a couple of beers. All the while, our internal system — which is built to bring us up and down appropriately on its own — is getting fried and whacked out and driven to extremes that make it forget it knows how to do this job by itself.
Does this sound familiar?
The good news is, we’ve got a system that knows how to chill out like nobody’s business. And the techniques to get it to do that are always ready at hand, relative easy to do, and they cost absolutely NOTHING.
It’s free.
Oh, wait — it’s not actually free. We have to give something, that something is our intention and attention. We have to make an effort. It doesn’t cost money, but it costs you something even more precious and sometimes more challenging to produce — deliberate attention and regular practice.
Learn how to activate the Vagus nerve
All it takes is a few deep breaths.
Yes deep breathing activates the Vagus nerve.
So here's a quick solution to stop or slow the frenzy of our frantic pace.
Dilute the demons of anxiety delusion.
You can do this exercise anywhere, anytime.
1.Inhale for a count of 5 trough your nose deeply and slowly draw the air all the way down to just below your belly button.
2.Now hold the breath down there for a count of 5.
3. Finally slowly exhale trough your mouth for a count of 5.
And repeat 5 times.
The results will amaze you
If you’re willing to put in the effort to practice this, and you’ve got enough resolve to actually do this.
Choose a better way to live
Thanks
Karel.

 

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