The Sympathetic Nervous System
When faced with a stressful situation, our body's sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear, initiating the well-known "fight or flight" response. This response evolved as a survival mechanism, preparing our bodies to either confront a threat or escape from it. However, experiencing this response frequently can have adverse effects on our health. Cortisol and adrenaline surge through our bodies, leading to irrational thinking and impairing various bodily systems. It's crucial to find ways to counterbalance this stress response to maintain optimal well-being.
The Parasympathetic Nervous System:
In contrast to the fight or flight response, the parasympathetic nervous system promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. It is activated when we feel safe and secure, allowing our body to restore balance and heal. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system is essential for our overall physical and mental health.