How To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

🔥Today’s topic: STRESS And One Way To Deal With It.🔥

This post will show you how you can stimulate your vagus nerve using nothing but your own voice.

You likely know that meditation is a good remedy for stress, and there have been countless studies on the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness. But today, I want to show you a way you can get more instant benefits from meditation in no longer than 4 minutes.

Allow me to start with a story.

One day I was meditating, and feeling frustrated that I just couldn’t get into the zone. My mind was racing and I couldn’t stop thinking about what I had to do for the day and I had this feeling that I was wasting time by just sitting there. I felt ‘rushed’ to get into the zone and get my ‘inner calm’ on for the day. Talk about cognitive dissonance! Suddenly I felt compelled to let a sound come from my mouth-just a hum- a long hum. Instantly I felt vibrations running through my body with my eyes closed, and something switched over in my mind. I felt more focused-alive even.

The buzzing sensations from the sound left a residual ring around my body and I felt more present. So I did it again, this time with more intention, and that feeling grew once more.I continued doing this for another few minutes, each time the vibrations growing in intensity. When I got up from this meditation, I felt the most calm and clear I had felt in a long time, and I had done it in a shorter amount of time compared to my usual 15-20 minute meditations.

This sent me on a quest for research around sound and chanting, and I realised that this practice has been around for thousands of years! I learned that making sounds like this is otherwise known as ’toning’. Not only that, I discovered that toning has been shown to:

* Lower inflammation in your body

* Improve brain function

* Release pain relieving endorphins and increase your happiness

* Improve your breathing due to more conscious focus on the breath leading to a deeper oxygenation in the body

* Activate the parasympathetic nervous system-one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system, which lowers your heart rate and increases intestinal and glandular activity

* Stimulate your vagus nerve. You don’t have to be a singer or know anything about music. If you can sound one ‘note’ from your voice, you can do this.

👉So, I invite you to try the toning exercise below. Just follow along and repeat the humming sequence.

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