Introducing the Vagus Nerve
The Vagus nerve, also called X cranial nerve or 10th cranial nerve, is the longest and most complex of the cranial nerves. The vagus nerve runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. It is a mixed nerve that contains parasympathetic fibres.
If your vegus nerve tone is sluggish you may find yourself experiencing anxiety, panic, IBS and a slower than normal heart rate.
Your vegus nerve can be affected by stress and trauma – something so many of us are experiencing right now.
The quickest way to bring your vegus nerve tone back to ‘high’ is to breathe deeply.
Other methods include yoga, meditation and cooling down:
Singing can also stimulate the vagus nerve: