Discharging the Vagus Nerve
People with anxiety, high stress, depression and PTSD symptoms all have one thing in common: an overloaded nervous system. Neurobiological research in the poly-vagal theory has been emphasizing the importance of understanding the vagus nerve. The breath work done in somatic therapies such as Somatic Experiencing and TRE can help access and discharge stored fight, flight or freeze/shutdown symptoms, which manifest in all of the above issues. This article gives helpful tips on how to use breath to make positive change for your brain/body.