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7 Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

May 31, 2022
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TO HELP YOU CHILL OUT

What is the Vagus Nerve?

When our bodies are in a state of constant stress, it produces adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones may wear and tear the body and mind over time. Other than this, it also causes mood swings, inflammation, and chronic pain.

On the good side, our body has a natural mechanism to reverse these hormones. This is the vagus nerve system. It consists of one of the cranial nerves that form a connection between the mind and body. People can stimulate this vagus nerve in several ways. An advantage of stimulation of the vagus nerve is to feel calm and relaxed. Let us discuss 7 ways to stimulate the vagal nerve.

1. Deep Breathing Exercises

According to experts, deep breathing is the easiest way to stimulate the vagus nerve. For this purpose, each breath must last ten to twelve seconds. During deep breathing, the exhalation must be longer than inhalation.

2. Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are relaxation techniques for the very same reason. These practices help in the stimulation of the vagal nerve. It indirectly also includes breathing exercises and slow movement that reduce the fight or flight response.

3. Chanting or Singing

The vagus nerve has a connection to the vocal cords. This is why when a person sings, hums, or chants the vaguest nerve gets stimulated.

4. Laughter

This is the easiest way to stimulate the vagus nerve. Therefore, if you are not fond of yoga or meditation just switch to your favorite comedy show. Research shows that thinking positive thoughts and laughing stimulates the vagus nerve.

5. Exposure to cold

Exposing the body to a cold temperature such as drinking ice water or cold shower or splashing cold water activates the vagus nerve. This is because during the fight or flight response the body increases the body temperature. In return, when the body exposes itself to cold temperatures it automatically activates the vagus nerve.

6. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is another technique to stimulate the vagus nerve. This technique helps to increase the heart rate. An increase in heart rate stimulates parasympathetic activity as well as the vagal tone.

7. Massage

Stimulation of the vagus nerve is also possible by massage of the ears and scalp or even the feet. To get the best results, it is better to massage both sides simultaneously. Another spot to massage for the stimulation of the vagus nerve is on the right side of the throat. Therefore, it is best to register for foot and myofascial massages once every month to stimulate the vagus nerve.

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