In my work, I like to rely on mindfulness techniques. These can include exercises such as breathing exercises, meditation, Yin yoga, or gratitude. The goal is to calm your thoughts and center yourself in the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Our thoughts alone can make our nervous system switch from relaxation to stress. Stress affects, among other things, your breathing, your heartbeat, but also, for example, your digestion or body temperature. Stress means danger for your body and that costs you a lot of energy. Through targeted breathing exercises, you can switch from stress mode back to relaxation mode and thus recharge your batteries.
The breathing exercises calm your nervous system, and the regulated breathing sends signals to your brain that you are safe. Your stress hormones and blood pressure drop, your digestive system relaxes.
Breathing exercises help you with stress, restlessness, nervousness, anxiety or depression. With targeted breathwork, you can also strengthen your immune system and lung capacity, bring more relaxation and balance to life, and let your thoughts come to rest. The increased oxygen supply to the brain allows you to think clearly.
For more inner peace.
Meditation has the potential to positively alter the functioning of a person's brain and nervous system. Studies show that through meditation, brain waves can change for the better and brain structures, such as the areas that control our fear and stress response, can shrink while the more developed parts of our brain become switched on and become more active.
Until about a decade ago, scientists believed that once we entered an age of development, the brains we were born with could stop changing. They saw that the brain could actually be altered. Although scientists only discovered this about a decade ago, meditators and yogis have known this for many thousands of years.
Meditation can have both short and long term benefits, these benefits are often linked to our nervous system. Meditation can balance and reprogram the functioning of our nervous system, inducing a sense of security, calm, and well-being.
Our nervous system responds to either a sense of security or a sense of danger. Through meditation, we can create a deep sense of security that briefly allows our nervous system to enter a state of calm and relaxation.