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How to Relax Your Nervous System

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

Try these ideas to calm yourself down when your nerves are on edge. Learn relaxation techniques that can help, including practicing Supta Baddha Konasana (Supported Bridge Pose).

Woman in bright pink yoga top and blue yoga pants in Supta Baddha Konasana on a teal yoga mat on a wood deck with green trees in the background
Photo © Copyright by Laura Brown Photography.

How are you feelings these days? Calm and centered? Jumpy and jittery? Somewhere in between? Your nervous system knows. It also knows what will soothe fidgety feelings. Yoga, meditation, journaling, being in nature and nurturing your relationships all play a part in being nice to your nervous system.

Many of us live in a relentless state of “flight or fight” and it’s just not fair to our nervous systems to constantly demand that we remain on point all the time.

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Here are some ideas to relax your nervous system:

  • Take a bath in a dimly lit room while sipping on warm tea.

  • Listen to calming music that you enjoy.

  • Give yourself quiet time every day. Quiet time is not just for kids. Silence can be restorative.

  • Limit your time on technology. More time away from screens means more time paying attention to your needs.

  • Be gentle, kinder and more compassionate toward yourself.

Below is a pose that helps me be kind to my nervous system. What are some other things you do?

Practice It: Supta Baddha Konasana (Supported Bridge Pose)

  • Lie on your back, bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together. You can practice a supported version of this pose with blocks or blankets under your outer knees or thighs.

  • Take your left hand to your heart and your right hand to your belly.

  • Notice your breath, the rise of your belly on the inhales and the belly button going toward your spine on the exhales.

  • Stay here and breathe for a little longer. Allow the earth to ground you and relax into this space.

  • When you’re ready to release out of the pose, bring your attention back to your breath and open your eyes.

Note that this website and the Stand Up for Your Self-Care YouTube Channel are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Speak with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine or wellness plan.

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Lee Valdez
Lee Valdez
Aug 02, 2022

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