Resetting Your Nervous System: The Thermostat For Growth

Imagine your nervous system as the thermostat in your house, constantly regulating your internal environment to keep you comfortable and safe.

Just as a thermostat maintains a specific temperature in your home, your nervous system works tirelessly to ensure your well-being. 

From the moment you are conceived, your nervous system begins its programming, with one primary goal in mind: keeping you safe. However, to truly thrive and grow to your fullest potential, one needs to rewire this internal thermostat to include growth.

This does not mean that we get rid of the safety feature. This would be detrimental to us. Instead, we need to upgrade, similar to a computer, to include growth and transformation.

The Blueprint: Nervous System Programming Starts in Utero

It’s fascinating to consider that our nervous systems begin their programming even before we are born. 

The developing fetus is influenced by the mother’s experiences and emotions, providing an early blueprint for the child’s nervous system. This prenatal programming sets the stage for how we perceive and respond to the world as we grow and develop.

Our nervous systems are highly adaptable, fine-tuning themselves in response to our environment. This adaptability, often referred to as neuroplasticity, allows our nervous system to continually adjust its “thermostat” to match our current surroundings and experiences. 

As children, we absorb and learn from our caregivers, imprinting patterns of safety and threat. This imprinting informs our responses and behaviours throughout our lives, making it crucial to recognize the profound impact early experiences have on our nervous systems.

Safety First: How Your Nervous System Keeps You Safe

Our nervous systems have a fundamental priority: ensuring our safety. This is a deeply ingrained, evolutionary feature designed to help us survive in a world filled with potential threats. 

The autonomic nervous system, composed of the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches, plays a critical role in this process.

The sympathetic nervous system activates when it perceives danger, preparing the body for action by increasing heart rate, dilating airways, and releasing stress hormones. In contrast, the parasympathetic nervous system calms us down, allowing our bodies to rest, digest, and heal. Both systems work in concert to keep us balanced, but when early life experiences lead to a skewed sense of safety, they can disrupt this balance and impact our emotional well-being.

Requiring Growth: Resetting Your Nervous System

While your nervous system is exceptional at ensuring your safety, it can become overly conservative, hindering your potential for growth. Much like a thermostat set too low, an overly cautious nervous system can keep you in your comfort zone and limit your capacity for change and development.

Resetting your nervous system involves reevaluating your sense of safety and learning to differentiate between genuine threats and situations that merely challenge your comfort. 

Our neurooptimization chiropractic sessions at the office are designed to help regulate the nervous system. Our online programs such as the Daily Dose of Healing is designed to rewire the nervous system to support one’s vision.

By rewiring neural pathways, you can gradually expand your comfort zone, allowing yourself to take calculated risks and experience personal growth.

If you are currently being called to step into your next level, whether that be for healing, transformation, your business, etc., then the time is now and I would love to support you through your growth.

Here are 3 ways to work with me.

  1. In office. If you need help regulating your nervous system, you’re in pain or you suffer from a chronic long-term illness. We will help you get back on track.
  2. Daily Dose of Healing: This is a self-led program where you get daily training over Telegram. You can tap into a community of like-minded individuals and work on your healing in an immersive environment. This is great for individuals who are already on their healing journey. You have some tools and strategies and you’re looking for more.
  3. 1-1 Private coaching: For the first time ever, I’ve opened up a couple of spots for 1-1 coaching. This is for the person looking to make a quantum leap. You get my eyes on your healing, growth, business, etc. whichever aspect of your life you want to improve upon. Send me an email for the application.

Published by Dr. Amanda Chan

Dr. Amanda Chan is a non-traditional chiropractor located in Ottawa, ON. She focuses on Neuro-Optimization which looks at the physical, emotional and thought patterns affecting your body and your life. Her mission is to give you specific tools and strategies to guide you on your healing journey.

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