How to Control Your Mental State and Control Your Nervous System for Long-Term Success

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Pushing yourself to the limit, staying up late, putting off tasks, or working under duress can result in unrealistic and unhealthy work expectations, which frequently stifle business growth while exhausting the body and mind.

The mind-body link is frequently disregarded and not paid attention to until it interferes with our capacity to move forward in our career. Most entrepreneurs and executives are unaware of how much strain they are under in their heads and how agitated their nervous systems get.

At one point in my life, I was working my way up the corporate ladder while starting a side business, and I wasn’t paying attention to my body or mind. This caused me to have a physical, mental, and emotional breakdown that required hospitalization. I experienced a lot of anxiety and a little bit of despair. I wasn’t taking care of myself, I had bad eating habits, I didn’t exercise much, and I had no time for having fun, hanging out with loved ones, or relaxing and resting. I was in survival mode, my nervous system was dysregulated, my body was shutting down, and I wasn’t aware of how much pain I could tolerate since I was taking it all on at once.

I was unaware of the mind-body connection’s immense power, the significance of nervous system regulation, and how it may significantly increase success in all area of your life.

Many people work on their mindsets but neglect to take care of their bodies and neurological systems, which are necessary for expanding their businesses, pursuing promotions, or moving up a level.

The nervous system is what? How does it advance success? How can we control it to achieve long-term success?

I’ve been studying the nervous system throughout the years, hiring professionals to assist and support me in this area of my growth, and I’ve been putting some of these tactics into practice. In terms of my general health, wellbeing, and business, I have experienced amazing outcomes.

The control center of your body is your neurological system. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up this structure. Your motions, thoughts, feelings, and automatic responses to the environment are all controlled by this system, which is located in your brain.

A dysregulated neural system can be brought on by stress, inadequate sleep, traumatic experiences, depression, chronic illness, and interpersonal conflict. If you’re feeling pressured, you can either regulate your nervous system down or up, depending on how lethargic you are.

Your body contains a living archive of memories and emotions. Additionally, they serve as messengers to the body when certain stressors are present. You can be in a rest and digest reaction or a fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response.

Your brain immediately shifts into high gear and releases cortisol into your adrenal glands when you feel anger, stress, or terror. Your body may get tense, your pulse rate may increase, and your mind may start to race. This can lead to a dysregulated neurological system that can be brought under control.

Although our brain and body work to keep us safe, certain circumstances, people, and settings might cause us to go into survival mode. Years of my life were spent in survival mode. Please remember that everyone has a distinct range of tolerance.

How did you feel about how poorly your previous meeting went? Do you worry about hiring that client or worrying about a friend or family member?

How can we transition and manage from survival to safety then? How can your nervous system be controlled?

Here are a few techniques I’ve discovered to control my neurological system.

  1. Make time for yourself. It’s easy to get caught up and forget about your own needs. However, if you are intentional about how much sleep you get, how much water you drink, what types of foods you eat, and how you can make downtime for yourself, it may be a game changer. How can 1% changes be made in any of these areas?
  2. Take a few deep breaths. Deep breathing is a simple yet efficient approach to calm your nervous system and signal to your body and brain that there is no emergency. Box breathing has been quite beneficial to me. This involves breathing for four counts, holding for four counts, exhaling for four counts, and then holding for four counts. You can do this a total of ten times.
  3. Feel the sensation for 90 seconds. When anything happens, the initial emotion takes around 90 seconds to be perceived and is not as intense. After this initial period, take deep breaths, create a safe location, and let it all out by yelling, journaling and expressing yourself, or moving your body.
  4. Bring in more good, cheerful, and enjoyable thoughts – these will create and cause a wonderful experience in your body. These can be wonderful memories, exciting future plans, incredible people you adore, books, movies, or activities you enjoy.
  5. Get outside into nature and tune into your body, taking in all of nature while being with yourself. You can sing while walking or sitting as well. Hearing and using your voice is both powerful and healing.

There are numerous different methods for regulating your neurological system (both up and down). The most crucial aspect of the approach is becoming aware of when you are dysregulated and beginning to use these tools. It may not appear to be happening at first, but watch what happens over time.

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