10 Proven Ways to Switch on Your Parasympathetic Nervous System and Feel Instantly Calmer

byJenna Autuori Dedic| PUBLISHED Mar 31, 2020 3:01 PM
10 Proven Ways to Switch on Your Parasympathetic Nervous System and Feel Instantly Calmer
Research shows that listening to calming music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our brains and bodies. Stack a playlist with all your favorite chill-out tunes, or start a new Pandora station with a song like “Inner Peace” by Beautiful Chorus. Getty Images
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When you or a loved one are in danger—real or imagined—your body’s flight-or-fight response kicks in to help you survive a threatening situation. We’re all spending a lot more time in this mode than usual right now. Unfortunately, this type of constant “activation” can interfere with sleep, increase the risk of health problems and weaken the immune system. The good news? You already have what you need to get you out of fight-or-flight mode: Your own body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Here are 15 ways to switch this system on and trigger your body’s natural relaxation response anytime you need it.