The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, and a complex network of nerves. This system send messages back and forth between the brain and the body. The brain is what controls all the body's functions. The spinal cord runs from the brain down through the back.
This image to the right is a clear picture of how the nervous system affects our body all the way down.
Do you find that any of these things are out of whack or dysregulated? No judgement, most of us do.
Your body physiologically cannot go from severely dysregulated to safe and calm after a week of rest or a simple vacation.
So, here's how it works.
Your nervous system heals in SLOWNESS. Not just one day or one task of being slow. But continual, intentional slowness.
"Safety cannot be present where there is urgency and pressure."
You nervous system does not care about your timelines, you conveniences, or you schedule.
So often we push and push and push.... until our body says, NOPE. NO MORE. Our immune system crashes or we have a whole break down because we are simply maxed out.
This is especially important as we are starting to go into the holidays. We have multiple family gatherings, events, extra working to afford gifts, extra germs are out, on top of the usual birthdays, anniversaries, showers, etc. If we don't learn to take a pause, our body will make us. It is so normal to want to make it to every event, and holiday party, and do all of the things, but the more we are doing, the less we are taking care of ourselves. Not as much time to rest, eat healthy, work out, hydrate, take the vitamins.
Always remember, when you are a "Yes" for one thing, then you are a "No" for another.
You simply cannot do it all. Your nervous system and body will eventually shut down. This type of havoc on your body will eventually cause dis-ease, and affect you long term.
My encouragement to you is to rest before your body gives you no other option.
Take care of yourself, no one else will do it for you!