The Vagus nerve is cranial nerve number 10. It is the nerve associated with the enteric nervous system or ENS which is sometimes referred to as a “second brain,” and contains between 300 to 600 million neurons. This nerve is responsible for the butterfly feeling you get when you are nervous. The Vagus nerve sends information from the gut to the brain, which is linked to dealing with stress, anxiety, and fear. These signals help a person to recover from stressful situations. The parasympathetic aspect, which the Vagus nerve is heavily involved in, decreases blood pressure, heart rate, and helps with calmness, relaxation, and digestion.
How you stimulate your Vagus nerve to help yourself relax?
1. Breathing deeply using your diaphragm.
2. Singing or humming.
3. Splashing your face with cold water.
Give your body the tools it needs to function at its best.