What a good time of year to be talking about the third principle of stress resilience: nourish.
As the weather has turned grey and cold, I yearn for comfort. Physical comfort is a predominant concern for me and as I’ve worked with this over the years I’ve learned that making sure my body is comfortable and at ease (to the maximum possible under the circumstances) makes all the difference in my experience of stress.
On the one hand, it seems ridiculous. What? My cold feet make me less resilient in the face of stress? But I have discovered that when my feet are warm (and that usually means having them on a heating pad under my desk), I’m less tense and irritable overall, and that means I have more capacity to handle stress.Maybe you’ve noticed something similar?
The nervous system needs nourishment just as much as the body does. Without it, it gets depleted, and can’t respond well. Watch this video to learn more.
Simple nourishment: a stress break
This month, I’ve been grateful for the coziness of wood heat and warm tea. (Right now I’m on a bender with David’s Tea Forever Nuts blend.)
I also make the most of the few sunny days by pausing to take in the light.
Isn’t that a lovely thought? Maybe on the next sunny day–or maybe right now you can take time to imagine it–pause for a moment, close your eyes and turn your face toward the sun. Maybe place your attention on your breath as you feel the slight warmth of the sun on your face. You might notice the light as it comes in through your eyelids. You might like to pretend that this slight warmth is washing all over your body, inside and out. Maybe now you can take another breath or two, and turn slightly away before you open your eyes.
What was it like to imagine that, or to do it?
Why not leave a comment below and let me know how you like to nourish your nervous system?