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  • Writer's pictureLisa Chadsey

Calming down the Central Nervous System

Updated: Apr 24

You feel anxious, overwhelmed and unsteady in your day-to-day living. Most days when you wake you feel like it’s impossible to even prioritize what you should do next and your body feels like it’s in constant turmoil. 

You want to feel that stillness and peace you know is real, so that you can fully enjoy your life. But things keep piling up. 

And you can’t shake the feeling that you aren’t doing all of the things that you’re supposed to do in the face of your exhaustion.

I know that this feels like your reality, like ALL of it. But part of what you’re experiencing may be an overwhelmed central nervous system (CNS). Let me tell you more.

What is your nervous system?

What you think, see, and feel comes directly from your nervous system. Which also means that the quality of these things is impacted by how healthy your central nervous system is. 

“Your nervous system is your body’s command center. Originating from your brain, it controls your movements, thoughts and automatic responses to the world around you. It also controls other body systems and processes, such as digestion, breathing and sexual development (puberty). ” (Link 1.)

What does your nervous system impact:

Referenced from Link 1.

  • The way you think and remember things

  • The way you feel and experience your emotions

  • Movement and balance

  • The way you interpret your surroundings with touch, taste, vision, etc.

  • Natural heartbeat

  • Response time and awareness of surroundings

  • Natural body processes such as sleeping, aging, and healing

That’s a lot of different processes and parts of your body. Honestly, your nervous system impacts everything; especially the big pieces like how you think, what you do, and what you experience. This can be a great blessing if you know how to care for your body and system. 

How does the nervous system work?

“Your nervous system uses specialized cells called neurons to send signals, or messages, all over your body. These electrical signals travel between your brain, skin, organs, glands and muscles.” (Link 1.) From these signals your brain can translate what is happening in your surroundings and use the information that you already have stored within you to get a picture of what’s going on. 

Basically, it’s the communicator that translates the outside world into our body and internal world. (Some of this is conscious, but most of it is unconscious.) It also regulates essential internal functions like breathing. These neurons can also communicate to your muscles when to move and allow you to digest food without thinking. So many underlying functions that we aren’t aware of are run by the CNS.

There are two core parts of this system:

  • Central Nervous System - your brain and spinal cord

  • Peripheral Nervous System - this includes the nerves that extend outward from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.

What can I do to protect and care for my nervous system?

  • Eat a clean and healthy diet

  • Exercise and focus on flexibility

  • Don’t drink alcohol or drink in moderation

  • Stay away from drugs

  • Check in with your doctor or professional to make sure your health is in check.  

Also, “the best way to avoid nerve damage from disease is to manage conditions that can injure your nerves, such as diabetes.” (Link 1) 

Basically, you want to focus on coming back to your body and honoring it with healthy and intentional practices. Your body knows how to care for itself as long as we give it the right building blocks. 

What does the science say and how can light therapy help?

“Mitochondria have been at the center of discussions as important factors in the development of neuropathy in diabetes. Photobiomodulation has been gaining clinical acceptance as it shows beneficial effects on a variety of nervous system disorders.” (Article 1.)

By interacting with your mitochondria and helping them to function optimally, light therapy helps your system on a cellular level. This can optimize your energy production and support of the neurons that are essential for your central nervous system’s functioning. 

Light therapy (aka photobiomodulation) can help reverse dysfunction within your mitochondria to slow diabetes and reduce symptoms overall. 

Paired with this, light therapy actively increases your body's circulation (including the natural processing of information within your nervous system) so that your body can regulate and care for itself. 

This results in your body being able to more clearly pass electrical information on and naturally heal the parts that make up your central and peripheral nervous system. 

When you get more and more aware of your body and what it needs, it becomes so much easier to prioritize your health and what will bring you energy. If you have any questions or need any support, I’m here for you anytime!

With Love and Light Always,

Lisa the Light Lady


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