These are some of the best nervous system practices I've found in my personal and professional life to regulate your nervous system for mental health and well-being. These are some practical ways to bring about regulation of your nervous system, through the use of the body and or other sources, like co-regulation with animals or pets.
Deep breathing: Deep breathing is a simple and effective way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote relaxation. This diminishes a hyper-arousal state.
Exercise: Moderate-to-intense forms of movement such as jogging, intuitive dancing, or jumping on a trampoline can help elicit the relaxation response and move from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic activation.
Massage therapy: Massage therapy can activate the parasympathetic and restore balance through aiding sleep and concentration.
Yoga, meditation, or breathwork: Body-mind practices such as yoga, meditation, or breathwork support a regulated the nervous system.
Eat nourishing whole foods: Whole grain foods and adding even a few more whole foods into your diet, allow for a more regulated nervous system.
Seek sunshine and nature: getting out in nature can support regulating the nervous system.
Spend time with pets: Spending time with pets can help regulate the nervous system.
Take breaks from electronics: Introducing an electronic Sabbath can promote nervous system regulation and diminish a hypo or hyper arousal.
Visualize your emotions: When you bring senses into getting to the heart of feelings, it can bring you out of a state of shut-down or disassociation.
It is important to experiment with different approaches and find what works best for you. The best way to heal a dysregulated nervous system depends on your unique sensitivity and level of dysregulation.