Your vagus nerve is arguably the most important single nerve in your body. And it’s certainly one of the most interesting.
It does so many things! In short, it helps rev you up and slow you down, depending upon what’s most appropriate. If you find yourself being chased by a grizzly bear, it’s time to run for your life! And if you find yourself feeling “food drunk” after having a delicious meal and staring at the flickering flames of your campfire, it’s time to sit back and relax completely. It also helps you feel social and also crave times of solitude.
Now if your vagus nerve gets “stuck,” you might have trouble relaxing. Or finding the motivation to do much of anything. Or feel like being social. Or never able to desire any amount of solitude. Or always needing to be engaged and stimulated by constantly being around others or constantly on a device—unable to pull away from things like social media.
So this exercise is one of my new favorites. It’s so simple. It takes only a few minutes to learn it and then 1-2 minutes (or less) to practice it. If your vagus nerve is “stuck in a rut,” this exercise can help you start to get out of that rut and feel more in the flow of your life again. It can be good for things like depression or anxiety and can help you feel more balanced on a daily basis.
Watch the video below to learn how to do it.