The fact that you’ve downloaded this guided audio exercise tells me that you’re proactive when it comes to your wellbeing — excellent! You have a powerful influence on your own health, whether physical or emotional, when you connect with your body on a regular basis.
By working specifically with your nervous system (i.e. the body’s messaging and regulating centre), you can have a direct and immediate impact on your sense of wellbeing, your level of pain perception, and your ability to cope with stress.
What Does the Quick Calm Technique Do?
You know those moments when you feel like you’re speeding up, you’re a little agitated or activated inside, like your heart’s beating a little faster, or your thoughts are starting to race? In those moments, maybe you find it hard to focus your attention or think clearly, or you feel scattered. You might feel restless, anxious or irritated. I sometimes feel like I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off! (Apologies to vegans.)
Well, that’s your nervous system speaking to you. It’s revving up into fight/flight/freeze mode as if there’s a rhino about to charge you, and it’s saying, “Hey, I need to know if I’m safe! And if there’s no danger, I need a way to calm down again.” That’s when you can use this technique to redirect your nervous system out of fight/flight/freeze, and back to a state of calm.
So the Quick Calm Technique is something you can do at any time, and it only takes five minutes. You can do it anywhere — at home, at work, while you’re in line at the grocery store.
This is also really beneficial to do even when you’re not feeling agitated. The more you do it, the more you teach your nervous system that it’s safe and that your body can relax. A calmer nervous system means more emotional balance, better sleep and digestion, clearer thinking, faster healing — just feeling better overall.
Try it every night this week just before sleep, while you’re lying in bed, to help you wind down. See what happens!
Over to You
I’m very curious to know what happened for you when you did this exercise. How did your body sensations change? Was there anything that surprised you? Do you have any questions or comments, maybe requests for other guided exercises? I would truly love to hear from you.
Share your observations on my Facebook page, or drop me a line at alison [at] springtidecraniosacral.ca.