Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by melissanreynolds
Given the involvement of the sympathetic nervous system in fibromyalgia, it’s important to have tools to both protect and manage it.
Simply put the sympathetic nervous system is the “fight or flight” response – stress occurs, we fight it or run away. This response is that adrenalin that diverts energy to the systems that enable fight or flight. The opposite response comes from the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” response. When we feel safe and there is no danger, the systems that help us to rest and digest work unhindered.
In fibromyalgia we are too often in the fight or flight state. So I am sharing what I do to reduce the burden on it and to support it (or nurture the rest and digest response).
In this video I share the things I do to reduce the impact on my nervous system of every day things and the supportive things I do to nurture my nervous system.
- Limit news consumption
- No scary programmes or movies
- Mindful boundaries with social media – how long I spend, who I’m following
The 9 Ways to Support Your Nervous System aka Calm Stress, Anxiety, Overwhelm and More
- Breathwork – learn how breathing and the central nervous system go together
- Gentle yoga – learn how to start your practice in this article
- Restorative Yoga – try a free bed yoga mini retreat
- Yoga Nidra – learn what you need to know about yoga nidra for fibromyalgia
- Getting outside – being outside is proven to calm the central nervous system
- Mindfulness practices – check out the five essential mindfulness practices of a mama of four
- Present moment awareness
- Connection – social connection is a powerful tool for supporting your nervous system
On Demand Yoga Studio for People with Chronic Pain and Fatigue
While we are talking about nurturing our nervous system, I thought it would be a handy time to let you in on my mission.
To create an on demand yoga studio full of accessible yoga specifically for people with chronic pain and fatigue!
Want to support it’s creation? Have a hand in shaping it? Join us in the pay what you can membership. All tiers get access to the Yoga for the Chronic Life: On Demand Yoga Studio for People with Chronic Pain and Fatigue. The premium tiers also get an exclusive training vault with extra trainings, resources and worksheets.
My vision is to approach yoga from every sense of the word accessible. Taking into account the intersection of chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and brain fog. I do my best to make it clear, restful, and offer variations (bed, chair, floor). We talk about individual poses as part of our symptom management plan, and the non-physical yoga tools.
So if you want to support the creation of this library, and help me to do it sustainability (not all on my own). Then please do join us.
I invite you to join the free challenge with me!
Download your free challenge sheet and get started today. All you need to do is choose the things you want to work on reducing and the supportive practices for your nervous system you want to add. And do it! I’ve got loads of classes to help you. The above links in the list will give you more information about each area.
And in my Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue free challenge I have all four of the types of yoga that can be supportive for your nervous system. Sign up for that after you’ve downloaded your free challenge printable above.
TELL US: Do you practice any of these practices? Are you doing the challenge? Join us in the Melissa vs FMS/CFS Facebook group!