I’m going to make a bold statement here – right now in 2020, our bodies are overwhelmed.
For many of us, our intricate and adaptable nervous systems are at full capacity. When the nervous system is overwhelmed, it’s ability to decipher real life-threatening danger from everyday stress lessens, and we find ourselves having huge physical and emotional reactions to things that might not bother us if we were balanced.
The nervous system is the window in which we experience our outside world. It does all the hard work of decoding our external environment into information for interpretation by our mind, body and spirit.
When we come under extreme stress our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) switches on and triggers the release of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (cortisol). This triggers the famous fight or flight response.
This is the part of our nervous system that is short-circuiting…
The fight or flight response puts us into a state of alertness and awareness so we can effectively assess the danger in front of us and work out a way to overcome it.
But, in today’s world, many of us are under so much stress that our SNS doesn’t know when to turn off.
Traffic, emails, social media, deadlines, an unsympathetic boss, societal expectations, unprocessed trauma, and now, a freaking global pandemic – all have the potential to overwhelm our system and keep us in a continuous pattern of fight, flight, freeze, or fawn.
We’re unable to know which stressors are actually life-threatening and which can be processed and released quickly. This leads to a feeling that far too many will be able to relate too. Overwhelm, anxiety and depression just to name a few…
But how does this affect our womb health?
We lose the connection to ourself.
When our body is in ‘stress mode’ it’s unable to connect with itself.
Without this connection, we’re unable to know what we need to do to make the situation better. Effectively, we’re stuck on a hamster wheel of stress and unable to ask ourselves what we need.
And without tapping into ourselves we’ll never be able to make sustainable changes to our situations.
But there is a way to find that connection again. And it’s one of my favorite things to do – SING.
Every time I sing, I heal.
Singing can be used to deal with stress as it gives you the opportunity to respond to it in a healthy way without getting stuck in patterns of guilt.
The reason why this simple act can be so powerful is due to another of my favorite things – ANATOMY.
When we create vibration in the throat through singing, humming, or sighing we stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve carries millions of signals between the brain, digestive system and other organs. When we stimulate the vagus nerve in this way we directly activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS).
The PNS response represents a response of CALMNESS in the body. This response alerts the nervous system to move out of a place of alertness, hyper-vigilance and stress and encourage it to rest in a place of relaxation and calmness.