The Wonder Of The Nervous System And How To Care For It

Allure Korea, Allure Magazine

In the modern world, the nervous system is known as a collection of cells that transmit signals to and from different parts of the body. And if one were to take a reductionist view, this is an apt definition. But in ancient times, they took a different view with an understanding that the nervous system was the nature of being a person itself. They saw that it was the center for pleasure and pain came through it and that it seemed to have a mind of it's own. It was just as much a part of the brain or heart as they called it as the brain itself, being equal in function.

This latter view makes a lot of sense as no one really understands the nature of consciousness. They think they do because they break it up into small chunks and then describe each piece. When we’re conscious, we tell ourselves because neurons in our brains are firing. And that’s why we see red or can smell flowers in the morning. But this still doesn’t explain why certain sensations feel a specific way. How it is that  these chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters can produce such astounding subjective experiences? Science, as of yet, does not have the answers. But given the importance of our nerves, we should be looking after them.

Take Time To Reset
The thoughts racing through your mind and the sensations you experience in your body are not separate entities. They link together in a vast network. What we call the brain and nerve endings are artificial categories. In reality, they are the same continuous structure, and one cannot live without the other. Taking time to reset means spending less time frantically thinking, and more time just enjoying your life. It’s about letting go of worries and concerns and allowing your mind to work for you, not against you.

Check For Impingements
People will often see a chiropractor if they have impingements, pressure on their nerves arising from other parts of the body. This effect usually occurs close to the spine. Nerves become crushed because of improper structure, and then the afflicted person tenses up and starts experiencing tightness and pain. Going to a professional to get checked for impingement can be a critical step in taking care of your nervous system.

Rest Your Body

Resetting your body can mean going on a meditation retreat or just abandoning your regular life for a period. Resting your body, however, is something you should do every day. We’ve all had that experience during a weekend where we suddenly feel so relaxed, we nod off in the middle of the day. That’s the body’s way of taking some time out and just being completely at peace. Just go with the flow and allow yourself to give in to the rest but don’t force it. Trying to make yourself go to sleep can be an utter disaster. It needs to happen naturally.

Look after your nervous system and your body will think you. Your mood will improve, and everything in life will feel more engaging.

This is a contributed post.

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