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How to Know When Your Sympathetic System is Out of Balance

We live in a sympathetically driven world. What does this mean exactly? It means that our society reinforces behaviors that have us constantly on the go and pushing ourselves to the point of burn out. Whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, we are constantly engaged in activities that tax our system.

From a young age, we are conditioned to study hard in school, get a good paying job, and stay physically fit. Individually, we are also juggling relationships, managing financial stress and making daily decisions that impact our lives. Each of these stresses activates the sympathetic nervous system, a division of the central nervous system that manages the fight or flight response.

The sympathetic nervous system becomes chronically activated

Gradually, over time, the sympathetic nervous system becomes chronically activated by the constant stress and demands that we put on our bodies. The parasympathetic nervous system, or the division of the central nervous system responsible for activities related to resting and digesting is practically in hibernation.

Unfortunately, when the balance point between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems becomes so off center, our bodies no longer get the rest and recovery they need and become prone to burn out, fatigue, injury, and chronic pain. While the fight or flight response is useful to get your adrenaline pumping in certain situations, it’s not meant to be activated all of the time.

Changing your approach

Because the world won’t be changing, we have to change the way we approach the world.  While societal pressures may continue, the effect they have on your life doesn’t have to. You can take back control of your health and rebalance your system by reframing how you respond to the constant stressors that you face in life.

Is your sympathetic nervous system out of balance?

Do you suffer from…

  • chronic fatigue?
  • chronic pain?
  • headaches?
  • elevated heart rate?
  • high blood pressure?
  • shortness of breath?
  • anxiety?
  • depression
  • short temper?
  • poor sleep?

These could be signs that your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. What does this mean? You would likely benefit from focusing on measures that reduce sympathetic tone and begin to rebalance the central nervous system, which essentially controls your entire body.

Addressing this underlying imbalance should incorporate a comprehensive approach by focusing on lifestyle changes like mindset, diet, movement and sleep.


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