As the calendar turns to a new year, many of us embark on a journey of self-improvement by setting New Year's resolutions. Whether it's adopting a healthier lifestyle, cultivating new habits, or pursuing personal growth, the pursuit of resolutions often involves a complex interplay between our goals and our nervous system. In this blog, we will explore the significance of a coherent nervous system in achieving and sustaining our New Year's resolutions.
Understanding the Nervous System:
The nervous system serves as the body's command center, coordinating
various physiological and psychological processes. It comprises the central nervous system (CNS), consisting of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system (PNS), including nerves that extend throughout the body. The CNS further delineates into a part of your nervous system that keeps everything running, even without you thinking about it. This is called you Autonomic nervous system and is composed of two parts: Your Sympathetic (Fight or Flight) side and your Parasympathetic (rest and digest) side. Both are absolutely necessary in everyday life, however when the sympathetic becomes predominant due to chronic stress, breakdowns happen. 90% of all disease can be traced back to this imbalance. You can see the importance of a healthy nervous system. A coherent (healthy) nervous system is one that functions harmoniously, maintaining balance and adaptability.
Impact on Goal Setting: Setting and achieving goals involves more than sheer willpower; it requires a well-regulated nervous system. When the nervous system is in coherence, it optimizes cognitive functions, emotional regulation, and physical well-being. This, in turn, enhances our ability to plan, implement, and sustain efforts towards our New Year's resolutions.
Stress and Resolution Sabotage: A disorganized nervous system, marked by chronic stress, can be a significant obstacle to resolution success. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, triggering the "fight or flight" response, which can impair decision-making, disrupt sleep, and hinder our capacity to stick to resolutions. Recognizing stressors and implementing strategies to manage them is vital for maintaining nervous system coherence.
Mind-Body Connection: The mind-body connection is a key element in the achievement of resolutions. Practices such as mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing exercises and Network Spinal Analysis have been shown to promote nervous system coherence. These activities engage the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and enhancing our ability to stay focused on our goals.
Neuroplasticity and Habit Formation: Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to adapt and reorganize itself, plays a pivotal role in forming new habits. A coherent nervous system fosters neuroplasticity, making it easier to create and reinforce positive behaviors. Consistent effort and repetition, supported by a well-regulated nervous system, contribute to the long-term success of New Year's resolutions.
As we embark on the pursuit of our New Year's resolutions, let's not overlook the fundamental role of a coherent nervous system. By prioritizing practices that promote nervous system health, we empower ourselves to navigate challenges, stay focused on our goals, and create lasting positive change in the year ahead. Remember, the journey to resolution success is not just about what we do; it's about how well our nervous system supports us in the process. Your nervous system is your primary interface between your internal and external worlds. Lack of coherency here is like having the wrong map in a foreign county, you are very unlikely to get where you want to go!