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It doesn't matter how old you are or what life situation you are in:

Life can be quite overwhelming!

From stress at work to family obligations or financial worries, there are so many types of stressors. 

We are constantly trying to give 100% at work, want to be as productive as possible, be there for our partners and family, maintain our sports routine, and on top of that support other people - all while also wanting to maintain our social contacts and see our friends regularly!

 At some point, our nervous system tells us, "STOP! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!"

 We all have our limits, and we need to learn to say NO. Setting boundaries is difficult for so many people. However, long-term stress can have serious consequences - in the short term, but especially in the long term.

Regular breaks should not be a luxury for you, they should be essential and one of your top priorities!

That's why we're giving you simple tips and habits that you can use to strengthen your nervous system and keep it healthy in the long term. 

Take your time and read the article without stress!

What are the functions of the nervous system?

Our nervous system is responsible for stimulus perception, processing and reaction control. All external and internal stimuli are received by our nerve cells and then transmitted to our brain via electrical impulses.

The nervous system is thus responsible for communication between the inside of the body and the environment. It enables rapid adaptations to changes within and in the outside world. It is responsible for performing functions of the brain, such as thinking and showing and feeling emotions. 

Stress originates in the brain, but has a direct effect on the nervous system and eventually on the entire body. Instant symptoms in stressful situations are racing heart, increase in blood pressure, accelerated breathing and irritated stomach or diarrhea. We become more awake immediately, and the body literally prepares itself for a fight or an escape through this reaction. If it is only a short-term stressful situation for the body and psyche, we don't need to fear any damage. Eventually, stress can lead to various physical and psychological symptoms and illnesses.

Nowadays, stressful situations last for a long time for many people. Due to stress or dissatisfaction at work, pressure from society or conflicts in relationships, our nervous system is highly stressed.

6 tips for a strong nervous system

1. Take enough vitamin B

Every nerve has a protective layer called the myelin sheath. Think of it like a sheath on an electrical cable! This layer serves as insulation for the transmitting nerve. 

If a myelin sheath is damaged or worn out, serious diseases can result, such as Alzheimer's disease. Attention all vegetarians or vegans among us: That is why the intake of B12 is so extremely important. The vitamin is found in beef, poultry, eggs and seafood. The B vitamin protects nerves from chemicals that can cause damage to the myelin sheath. 

Our vitamin B complex contains all 8 essential B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Biotin, Folic Acid & B12. It is an optimal support for your nervous system. It also provides you with energy and reduces tiredness and fatigue.

 2. Ask yourself, "How are you today?"

The question "How are you?" has become something of a platitude in our everyday lives. It's an icebreaker in small talk to strike up a conversation with someone. And most of the time, we answer the question with a casual "I'm fine" or ignore it completely. But how does it feel when a friend, colleague or family shows genuine interest in you. When the question "how are you?" is asked not just out of politeness, but because the person you are talking to expects an honest and detailed answer from you.  

Have you ever asked yourself "how you are"? Just close your eyes, put your hand on your belly, take a deep breath and ask your mind and body how it feels right now at this exact moment. Are you happy, sad, distressed, proud? If the answer is that you are stressed, then take a break urgently! Take some time off and listen to your body regularly!

3. Calcium, potassium and tryptophan

In order for nerves to send electrical impulses, they need certain minerals, proteins and vitamins. Tryptophan is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter - a substance that transmits a signal from one nerve ending to another. Dark chocolate, for example, contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is the precursor (provitamin) of vitamin B3, which, as you've already learned, plays a crucial role in nerve cells. In addition, tryptophan has a mood-lifting and sleep-promoting effect.

The minerals calcium and potassium are also important for a healthy nervous system. They regulate the electrical impulses generated and transmitted by the nerves.

Milk and eggs are rich sources of calcium, while bananas, oranges and prunes are good sources of potassium.

4. Treat yourself with a cup of tea

Tea not only tastes delicious, but it also has a calming effect. With all the different types of tea available on the market, you will no doubt find it easy to find your favorite. For calm nerves, the most suitable are: chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus, ginger, lemon, valerian and green tea. 

Make it a habit to drink tea regularly. Whenever you feel that you are tense or need a break, prepare a cup of your favorite tea and really enjoy it. The good thing is that tea can be drunk not only warm, if you need a refreshment, just drink the tea cold!  

5. Exercise every day

Okay, we have to admit: The advice to make sure you get enough exercise, water and sleep comes up in our articles almost every time. But we have our reasons for that! Because all 3 points are very important for body and mind. 

When you exercise, you free yourself from stress and do something for your body and your mental health at the same time. Power yourself at least 3 times a week. Go running, swimming or do a functional workout. The important thing is that your heart is pumping and you feel good. 

Combine your sports schedule with quiet yoga or meditation sessions that will make you completely forget about your everyday stress!

6. Get enough sunlight

As you know, too much exposure to the sun is harmful to your health. But a moderate dose of sun is essential for the body. Sun stimulates the happiness hormone serotonin and immediately has a positive effect on your mood. In addition, moderate sunlight helps build a healthy immune system and helps it protect the central nervous system. According to studies, sunlight improves the health of nerve cells. 

So put on your sunglasses, sunscreen and get out in the sun!

We are all human

Have you ever caught yourself really losing your nerve? If so, don't worry about it! We are all human and react in different ways in stressful situations. However, it is important not to let stress enter your life permanently. So make sure you're getting enough vitamin B, calcium, potassium and tryptophan. Take regular breaks -with a cup of tea- and ask your body and psyche how they are actually doing. Regular exercise and sunlight are also important for a healthy nervous system. 

With these simple tips, you can protect your nervous system in the long term.

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