It's funny: I often state that I've had about 9 nervous breakdowns the last week, and I usually mean it. But I still didn't realize that 'nervous exhaustion' actually means that your nervous system kind of broke down, and ran out of steam.
But that's exactly what happens: with all the stress we're subjected to, and all the worry, and all the fear that 'something bad' is going to happen any minute, God forbid, and all the stupid news reports we listen to addictively, we're all living on our nerves most of the time - and it's really taking a toll.
Small wonder that stress, anxiety and depression are all at record levels.
So what can we about this? How can we start to fix our nervous system, once it's been shot to pieces? So pleased you asked! I have a few suggestions that have worked wonders for me, so read on.
Every single health issue we have has three aspects to it: the spiritual aspect, the emotional aspect, and the physical aspect.
Let's take nervous breakdowns, and run them through our three part diagnostic system, to see how we can start to strengthen our nervous system.
Spiritual health actions:
When we don't believe in God, or don’t see His hand in the world, or don't believe that He's looking out for us, cares for us, and has our best interests at heart, this puts ENORMOUS amounts of stress on our system. Just think about all the horrible things that could happen to you today (God forbid): you could catch Ebola; you could get fired; your house could burn down - all terrible, horrible things.
But when we work on believing in God a bit more, and trusting Him to take care of us, our spiritual stress starts to reduce, and we feel fundamentally more relaxed.
Emotional health actions:
You can sum it up like this: turn off the news, and stay away from negative, pessimistic people who are always trying to persuade you the end is nigh. Life is actually pretty good! Take a few minutes every day to count the blessings in your life, and say thank you.
Physical health actions:
Bladder is the energy meridian that governs the nervous system, and anything you do to strengthen the bladder meridian will pay big dividends. Things that have worked for me include:
- Using lavender essential oil, and other sedative oils, to physically relax and de-stress tense muscles.
- Sticking lentils on the acupressure source point for the bladder meridian (seeds contain a lot of innate healing energy…)
- Using acupressure points to strengthen the flow of energy through the bladder meridian.
- Quitting my horrible, deadline-driven, soul-destroying job ☺
Experiment, and see what works for you, and in the meantime, let me reassure you that nervous breakdowns, or nervous exhaustion, or neurasthenia doesn't have to take you out of action for years: if you follow the three pronged approach outlined above, you can bounce back from your nervous breakdown in a matter of hours, not months.