The Almighty Vagus Nerve, Concluded

The Science of Self

Dec 31 2021 • 9 mins

The question becomes: how can you strengthen your vagal tone? The most prominent way is to work on deep, diaphragmatic breathing, as breath is one of the vagus nerve’s key regulators. The more slowly and deeply you can breathe, the more you can summon this rest-and-digest mode and relax. In fact, making noises such as humming, chanting, or praying also invokes the same effect, as the vagus nerve is connected to the voice box and larynx. You can also practice splashing yourself (start with the face) with cold water, as it briefly evokes your fight-or-flight response, but then allows you to practice summoning your rest-and- digest response. The vagus nerve makes it clear that you have the ability to control your physical response, thus giving your brain the chance to think at peak performance. The vagus nerve is also the embodiment of the inseparable nature of the brain and the body. As the vagus nerve shows us, to boost your brain, you must focus on everything that supports and surrounds it. Questions or comments regarding the podcast? Email the show at Podcast@NewtonMG.com or let us know what you think at http://bit.ly/hollinscomment Get the audiobook on Audible at http://bit.ly/brainboostblueprint Show notes and/or episode transcripts are available at https://bit.ly/self-growth-home Peter Hollins is a bestselling author, human psychology researcher, and a dedicated student of the human condition. Visit https://bit.ly/peterhollins to pick up your FREE human nature cheat sheet: 7 surprising psychology studies that will change the way you think. For narration information visit Russell Newton at https://bit.ly/VoW-home For production information visit Newton Media Group LLC at https://bit.ly/newtonmg #BodyAwareness #BrainBoostBlueprint #CognitiveHealth #DrawingMindMaps #EmotionalConnections #HealthyLifestyle #HolisticBalance #IntellectualCapacity #MindBodyConnection #PracticeMeditation #SupportBrainHealth #VagusNerve #TheAlmightyVagusNerveConcluded #RussellNewton #NewtonMG #PeterHollins #TheScienceofSelf #TheBrainBoostBlueprint #