HOW STILLNESS BALANCES THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

A daily stillness practice builds nervous system balance and resistance to the Dorsal Vagal state.

CO-CEO, NEUROFIT
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OCT 4, 2023
STILLNESS, DEEP REST, AND REPAIR
When we take time to be still, whether it is during meditation or simply sitting quietly, we are supporting a balanced nervous system.
The rest we get during meditation is five times deeper than when we sleep, and dropping into this state regularly optimizes our nervous system’s ability to reset and heal itself, as we are reinforcing and strengthening many of the same neural pathways used to fall asleep each night.
STILLNESS: BUILDING RESISTANCE TO SHUTDOWN
Additionally, stillness teaches the nervous system to be resistant to the dorsal vagal response - the body's natural tendency to shut down and dissociate when we are under stress.
If we can learn to be still in the midst of stress by strengthening these neural pathways through daily practice, we can more easily override this response and remain balanced, and it will be found that fewer situations arise that trigger this shutdown response.
10 MINUTES PER DAY
10 minutes of stillness each day can make a big difference in our overall health and well-being. It is a simple, direct, and effective way to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a greater sense of calm and peace.
On average, NEUROFIT members who prioritize stillness report 27% more balanced check-ins and 5% higher HRV.
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