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How Can I Calm an Overactive Nervous System?

The nervous system is the main regulator of how our body communicates with the outside world. It informs us, protects us, and even plays a central role in our overall well-being. When a person experiences trauma, this can deregulate the nervous system and have devastating effects. In order to re-regulate it, you can explore different methods and activities that will work best for you.

Trauma and the Nervous System

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the nervous system “plays a role in nearly every aspect of our health and well-being.” It guides everyday activities like breathing and also handles stress. Traumatic situations are highly stressful events that can send your nervous system into overdrive if it’s not taken care of properly. Stressful messages, like fear and anger, can even be sent to the brain long after the traumatic event is over.

Regulating the Nervous System

Though it sounds daunting, regulating your nervous system can actually be an enjoyable process. You might want to begin by choosing methods to gradually add to your daily routine.


Over the past decade, mindfulness has grown as a tool to help individuals with negative emotions, disparaging self-talk, shame, and guilt. Mindfulness is, simply, the act of being in the present moment.

The Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience notes that mindfulness-based practices, including meditation and yoga, may help individuals “be more focused and aware of the present moment while also being more willing to experience the difficult emotions that sometimes come up after trauma.”

Physical Activity

One of the most beneficial things you can do for your body as well as your mind is physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity is good for your brain, helping you “think, learn, problem-solve, and enjoy an emotional balance.” Physical activity can even help reduce anxiety and depression. It can help you regulate your nervous system while boosting your overall quality of life.

Conscious Connected Breathwork

The nervous system controls your breath as an unconscious function. Conscious connected breathwork is a therapeutic practice where you utilize the breath as a conscious action as well. This ancient breathing technique can help you connect your mind, body, and emotions in a powerful way. It can help you move through trauma while getting your nervous system back to a regulated state.

The nervous system is the primary regulator of every major brain function. When a person experiences trauma, this can send their nervous system into overdrive, causing them to feel intense feelings of fear, sadness, and anxiety. At The Guest House, we recognize trauma as underlying many conditions. Our holistic programs are designed to help you heal your mind and body while getting your nervous system back to a peaceful and regulated state. For more information, call us today at (855) 483-7800.