Switching Off the Stress
In order to switch off the stress response, we need to know we are safe.
The rest response is activated when we feel safe!
When we feel safe, we can...
- Rest and conserve energy.
- Focus on enjoying our food, playing, and having fun.
What is your safe space?
It can be being at home, performing simple tasks like home repairs, gardening, cooking, painting, and cleaning.
It can be being outdoors walking, hiking, fishing, and swimming.
It can be spending time with family and friends, socializing, playing games, or hobbies.
It can be getting involved with our community and working towards common goods and improvements.
There is an important part of our nervous system called the "social brain" that drives the individual to seek community to feel safe and find a sense of belonging and purpose!
Your rest response is automatic - Learn how to practice rest!
- Stop & take a break
- Move around
- Sip some water
- Go for a walk
- Take a nap
- Activate your cranial nerve/vegas nerve with acupressure
- Practice mindfulness
- Do breathing exercises
- Meet with friends
- Spend time with family