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If There Was Ever a Time to Activate Your Vagus Nerve, It Is Now

Four simple steps to return to a ‘rest and digest’ state

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IfIf you experience a racing heartbeat or tightness in your chest when you read a news story about the pandemic, it’s because of your sympathetic nervous system. When the brain senses a threat, it triggers the fight-or-flight response.

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Ashley Abramson

Ashley Abramson

Writer-mom hybrid. Health & psychology stories in NYT, WaPo, Allure, Real Simple, & more.