So many of my clients come to me with a sensitive nervous system, one that is affected by too much noise, too much light, too many people, too much energy. And living in a city it can easily become stressed. In energetic terms, when someone comes in with a stressed or depleted nervous system, it looks like lightning bolts, jagged and sharp. It can cause anxiety, nervousness, overreacted fear, chronic colds and insomnia. Besides minimizing stress in your life, here are a few things you can do to help support it.
Visualize your nervous system (I see it as a light blue) getting a cloud or gauze-like, soft cozy. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and start to imagine what your nervous system looks like (look up a picture first if you don't know). Then begin to loosely wrap it in some loving, clean, white, soft energy. Don't make it too tight or it will stress it more. You're just giving it a little cushion to support it.
This is my number one recommendation to clients, and I use it with my own family. Magnesium is amazing. It's calming and helps with sleep. It activates ATP which is key to cellular energy transfer (think metabolism!), which means it can help you lose weight. It improves brain function and fights depression. It also helps lower cortisol, which is released when we have a stress response. And it seems the large majority of us are deficient. You can get it from foods -- spinach, almonds, and cacao are all high in magnesium -- but I also recommend taking a supplement. My favorite is Natural Calm (no, I'm not affiliated). It's easy and yummy and doesn't take much.
HEALTHY FATS and VITAMINS
The next recommendation I make is to eat healthy fats. Coconut oil, avocado, grass fed butter and omega 3's are all highly beneficial. I think of these as insulation. I also take a DHA supplement, but be careful to get one of high quality. Many can become rancid on the shelf. For those who have received a session and know how to muscle test, that's a great way to find the right one. Dr. Fuhrman has a great vegan version that I love. Vitamins B (especially B5) and D3 are also highly recommended. D3 works well with magnesium for bone strength and also helps boost the immune system.
As a meditation instructor, one of the very best trainings for the city (well, anywhere really) is in learning how to become non-reactive through meditation. When we react strongly to each and every person that steps in front of us, every train we miss, every ambulance siren we hear, it's as if we are allowing ourselves to be yanked around by our senses. It constantly pulls us out of center. Learning how to witness the world while staying in our bodies and center helps us to keep our stress response low, which allows for a more genuine, authentic response to take place.
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