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Healing an Overstimulated Nervous System


In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to become overwhelmed and overstimulated, especially if you're living with a dysregulated nervous system. The constant barrage of sensory input, demands, and stressors can leave you feeling frazzled and disconnected from your own well-being. This can be even more difficult when you add anxiety to the mix.


If you find yourself experiencing symptoms like heightened anxiety, irritability, fatigue, or physical tension, you may be dealing with a nervous system that's stuck in "fight or flight" mode. But don't worry, there are ways to navigate this challenging state and find balance.


Common Symptoms of Overstimulation:


1. Feeling on edge: An overactive nervous system can lead to persistent feeling of being on edge but also lacking the motivation to get things done to alleviate this feeling. This can make it difficult to relax and enjoy the present moment.


2. Irritability: Small stressors may trigger strong emotional reactions, leading to increased irritability and mood swings.


3. Fatigue: The overstimulation fatigue is SO real. The constant state of alertness can be draining, resulting in chronic fatigue and difficulty sleeping.


4. Physical Tension: Muscles may remain tense and constricted, causing physical discomfort and even pain.


5. Difficulty Concentrating: Overstimulation can make it hard to concentrate or focus on tasks, leading to decreased productivity.


Tips for Navigating Overstimulation:


1. Mindful Breathing: Practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing to activate the relaxation response of your nervous system. Try the 4-7-8 technique: inhale for a count of 4, hold for 7, and exhale for 8.


2. Grounding Exercises: Engage in grounding exercises like walking barefoot on grass, holding onto a comforting object, or simply feeling the weight of your body in your chair or bed. Grounding helps anchor you in the present moment.


3. Sensory Break: Plan for a sensory break by identifying sensory experiences that soothe and calm you. This might include listening to calming music, taking a warm bath, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea.


4. Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries in your life to reduce external stressors. Learn to say no when necessary and create a safe space where you can retreat and recharge.


5. Explore the 10-Day Nervous System Challenge: Consider taking my 10-Day Nervous System Challenge, designed to help you explore practices that bring balance to your nervous system. This challenge aims to create lasting habits that shift you out of the "fight or flight" response and into a state of greater calm and resilience.


Remember, healing your nervous system takes time and patience. Be gentle with yourself throughout this process. By incorporating these strategies and engaging in the 10-Day Nervous System Challenge, you can begin to regain control over your overstimulated nervous system and find a more harmonious balance in your life.


Your journey towards greater calm and well-being starts with a single step.


Take that step today and discover the transformative power of nervous system regulation. Hope to see you join the challenge soon :)


Sending love,

Carly

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