It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week so in this video I share with you a short and simple practice to help support you on your journey to good mental health.
It’s both mindful and beautiful and can really support us in connecting deeper to ourselves and our sense of touch.
This type of conscious touch also stimulates our vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve originates in the brain stem and extends down our neck and into our abdomen. It is linked to our lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach and intestines. What impacts the vagus nerve impacts all of these organs. You know when you’re under stress and you suddenly need to empty your bowels or you feel your heart racing?
The vagus nerve is an area within our brain that plays a vital role in regulating many of our body’s key functions including blood pressure. When the touch we receive is pleasant to experience our blood pressure drops due to this vagus nerve stimulation and supports us in feeling calmer and more secure whilst also boosting our immune system.
Warm, safe touch is looking like one of the easiest and best catalysts for shifting the body and mind out of stress and into greater relaxation. Although the consensual touch from another may bring a more powerful vagus response we can certainly activate our vagus nerve through self-comforting touch such as this. Stress relief, relaxation and a deeper connection to oneself, all through a simple touch.
Take your time with this practice.
Close your eyes and really immerse yourself in the experience.