3 tools for calming the nervous system

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I know of three ways of depleting cortisol and adrenaline.

First is our diet, what we eat and how much body fat around our belly is influenced by our cortisol levels. Certain foods help deplete cortisol.

Second tool is Slowing the breath, focusing intently, activates our parasympathetic nervous system, applies the brakes.

This calms us, settles us down and lowers cortisol and adrenaline. It’s called meditation, it has many variations.

The third way is purely physical, aerobic exercise works like a charm.

Aerobic exercise to near failure works like a miracle. Start slow and adapt, then build up so you can exert maximum energy.

We have to want to heal more than any desire we entertain. I have never read that in any psychology book.

Therapy and my two therapists, one in San Diego then another in Eugene , helped me on my journey. I was encouraged to explore and try new things outside therapy.

Aerobic exercise and meditation were my two most valuable skills. Being a former pro jock, aerobic exercise was easy for me.

All my friends doubted I could ever meditate, I was always amped up, excitable and kind of high strung.

Do not let other people’s judgments rule our behavior. We get lost and run over by others because we are different, stay strong and try like hell in the face of worry and doubt.

I laughed at my friends, you think focusing on the spin of a baseball while hitting with 25,000 screaming fans can not be turned internally.

For a jock, being told we can not do something, is not something you want to bet against.

When my mind was frozen from trauma, my legs could still move and my willpower drove me to exhaustion.

Mechanically I can calm my body completely down.

We can not separate our mind from our body, they work as one.

There are many skills or tools we can learn to improve.

Yesterday, I started hiking to exhaustion again.

It’s half mental and half physical. It builds willpower.

How bad do you want to heal?

What is your level of commitment, are you in a little, a medium involvement or are you all in.

Intensity is a necessity for optimum results.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. You didn’t mention alcohol Marty! 😂 I kid of course – great advice. I meditate and exercise first thing before anything else. I try to meditate informally throughout the day too. STOP Stop Take a breathe. Observe. Proceed. is an acronym I use a lot. Wishing you well 🙏

  2. Oh my, I love the sick PTSD humor

    Well alcohol. Maybe better for the self medicating disaster post

  3. I can stop Dissociation physically

    I can reach a stage where all my mind’s energy is needed to out one foot in front of the other

    All,other thought has died

    I am totally in this moment, breathing hard as hell, hurting some, I am alive and present

    Join me

  4. This was a great reminder on a day I needed to hear it. Thanks Marty.

  5. Hey we all know the things but we get lost

    Hell I know how to eat perfectly

    But ya know
    I
    Like sweets and etc

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