Stressy September?

September is a very busy month for many! In the UK, summer holiday time comes to an end and for those at school or college, there is a lot to do to get ready now, having had a long break!

For others, getting back to work may also feel daunting as well as exciting…even the anticipation of putting into place some exciting plans you may have thought out during your refreshing summer break?…Will they work, won’t they? And for some, it may also be that time out of a usual routine, or in a different structure or environment, can be very testing.

So our bodies and minds may be going from one extreme of emotion and pace to another…in a short space of time! 

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Can’t keep up?
Struggling with exhaustion from over-worry and fear or anxiety?
Stressed?
…and noticing another health complaint now too?

Our nervous systems can become very taxed at this time of year! !

This month I am  therefore going to focus on ‘Understanding our Nervous System’… because it is SO relevant! When overstretched, it can have negative effects on our gut and immune systems for one thing…but this then leads to negative effects on others! 


If we aren’t aware of our nervous system and how it operates, how can we support it
pro-actively and keep ourselves well and functioning in our optimum form as much as possible?

MANAGING OUR STRESS… MAKING THAT LINK AND LOOKING AFTER OURSELVES!


It is wonderful that using a Homeopathic approach to working with our health helps us to notice our symptoms and listen to our inner self.
We can then not only notice when we are simply out of balance, but also come to some healthy decision making in re-gaining that balance!

Carefully chosen Remedies work in their magical way to help the body achieve this because they are so tuned in to working also with the mind. The patient may be more able to find strategies to change the severity or full impact of the causative stress factors… usually moving towards taking a pro-active step to a better work/life balance or preparing for periods of change and adjustment.

Homeopathy understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy gut in order to manage our mental as well as physical health. 

It also supports other de-stressing practices such as rest and relaxation, Yoga, Tai Chi,
Chi-Gong, other forms of gentle exercise, meditation, mindfulness, good sleep habits, the importance of joyful and rejuvenating activities as well as vagal nerve toning exercises.

If we can look after ourselves and our management of stress, we can look after our nervous system including our vagus nerve!

Let’s get off to a good start this Autumn!

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM:

The nervous system is a complex thing; it is the command centre for your body. It regulates your body’s systems and allows you to experience your environment. 

Its special cells (neurons) send and receive electrical signals through your body, glands, skin, organs, brains and muscles, to tell it what to do in order to keep you safe and functioning.

It has two main parts: the Central Nervous system (CNS) which is made up of your brain and spinal cord and the Peripheral Nervous system (PNS), which is where the nerves branch out to all areas of your body from the CNS.

Different kinds of neurons send different signals i.e. Motor neurons tell your muscles to move. Sensory neurons take information from your senses and send signals to your brain. 

The Somatic nervous system guides your voluntary movements.

The Autonomic nervous system, controls the activities you do without thinking about them, such as breathing, shivering, having a regular heartbeat and digesting food…it’s all about survival.

Today we are also much more aware of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems, also controlled by the Autonomic Nervous system; The sympathetic nervous system activates the fight or flight response during a threat or perceived danger, and the parasympathetic nervous system restores the body to a state of calm.

Furthermore, we now understand the importance of our Vagus nerve! The word ‘vagus’ means ‘wandering’ in Latin. This is a very appropriate name, as the vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve running from the brain stem to part of the colon, playing a role in what scientists call the ‘gut-brain axis’.

SO… There is now known to be a direct link between the vagus nerve and the gut.


The Vagus nerve (also called the
Pneumogastric Nerve), is responsible for various internal organ functions, including:

  • digestion
  • heart rate
  • breathing
  • cardiovascular activity
  • reflex actions, such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing, and vomiting

It helps the immune system and inflammation response to disease.

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Our digestion, and therefore whole well-being, can be so easily affected when our Vagus nerve is being overtaxed! 

If our Vagus nerve is in tone, then so are we! 

…please do get in touch if you feel over-stressed already or would like to work proactively in establishing and keeping your health on top form as you start the next season of work, education or activity.


Warmest Wishes,
Ali x

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