A time of transition and the benefits of living on a healthy routine
Spring is the time when many of us become more active and feel motivated to work on new challenges. When going through a period of transition, we become exposed to a series of novel environmental factors that are uncertain and can act as stressors. Such experience could trigger an altered autonomic nerve system.
The autonomic nervous system has a direct role in physical response to stress and is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). When being placed under a stressful condition, the SNS contributes to “fight or flight” response. Once the storm passes, PNS facilitates the recovery from the stressed to unstressed state. The autonomic nervous system continues to work 24/7 regardless of our intention, allowing for the control of, for example, internal organ function, metabolism, as well as body temperature.
Since we live on the balanced interaction between SNS and PNS, which respectively allows for active and resting physical as well as mental states, a mental and physical dysfunction may be experienced if the balance is altered - a dysfunction of the autonomic nerve system. Some of the common symptoms include, heightened anxiety, feeling of frustration, and weariness, headache, heart palpitation, dizziness, and insomnia.
So what are the keys to prevent this from happening? Let us start off by trimming our routine down to three essentials: meal, sleep, and exercise. If these sound too basic, let us review our lifestyle and see if we really do practice “balanced and scheduled meals”, “healthy sleep habits”, and “Moderate and regular exercise” on daily basis.