Nervous Systems

Stressed out? Find out about the autonomic nervous system then tells you when its time to fight or flight and when its time to rest and digest.

The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)

Known as the fight or flight mode, is part of your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). It generally gets activated when we are stressed (emotional, physical, environmental, etc…). The SNS is useful in certain situations, like when its time to protect yourself and/or others. But, do you always want to have this system on?

NO. If you are always stressed and in this fight or flight mode it can result in a long-term drain on the body, continuous activation of this nervous system can then become problematic and result in poor digestion/indigestion, constipation, anxiety, shallow breathing, increased heart rate, poor quality sleep, restlessness, night sweats, decreased libido, fatigue, nervousness, increased agitation/irritability, increased muscle tension, increased inflammation and increased susceptibility to infections.

The Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS)

Known as the rest and digest mode (or feed and breed) is another part of your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). Whereas the SNS is catabolic (breaks down) the PNS is more anabolic (builds up) and wants to be activated for improved recovery, NOT just from training.

The PNS can help with lowering blood pressure, improved fat loss, better sleep, feeling vital, among other things. So it is pretty important to activate. Whilst there are many ways of activating the PNS like, you need to find out what works for you. Three ways are, Breathing, Meditation and Massages.

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