The Vagus Nerve - an Important Control Point for our Well-Being
Put simply, the parasympathetic system is responsible for rest, relaxation and digestion, while the sympathetic system is responsible for fight and flight situations.
The fact that the vagus nerve also influences the psyche has been known for a long time. It also affects the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Vagus nerve stimulation is a recognized therapy in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
The vagus nerve is often the focus of attention because of its calming effects. Its influence on the body's organs is still the subject of much scientific research and it is not possible to make simple statements about its mode of action, since hormones and other factors also play an important role. However, everyone can contribute to their relaxation.
These activities have a relaxing effect and activate the parasympathetic nervous system:
- Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi
- Breathing exercises
- Sports, exercise, dance
- Cold stimuli caused by cold showers or alternating showers
- Drinking cold water
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