The vagus nerve is a key part of our sympathetic nervous system. Thus, it is helpful in managing anxiety and transitioning from emotional deregulation or fight/flight/freeze to regulation.
Stimulating and toning your vagus nerve can aid in various mental health conditions as well, including depression, anxiety, addiction, and OCD.
Ways To Tone and Stimulate The Vagus Nerve
- Cold exposure - go outside in the cold, cold water at the end of your shower, putting your face in ice water
- Breathing exercises - box breathing (4 seconds per each: inhale; hold; exhale; hold), 5/7/8 breaths (number of seconds per: inhale; hold; exhale)
- Singing, Humming, Chanting and Gargling
- Yoga or Tai Chi
- Meditation or Neurofeedback
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Socializing and Laughing
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