The Link Between Chronic Illness & Nervous System Dysregulation

Feb 29, 2024

Understanding the Root Cause: The Link Between Our World and Rising Chronic Illnesses


As I shared in a viral TikTok video, it is my personal and professional belief that the current and drastic rise that we see in chronic physical and mental illness can be attributed to this one thing: we've created a world that our nervous system no longer wants to live in. Now, let's dive into what this means for you and how the Body-First Healing Program can be your game changer when it comes to chronic stress and pain in the body.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Your Nervous System as Your Life's Security System: How it protects you and responds to danger.
  • The Impact of Survival Mode: Effects on your body and mental health.
  • Common Perceived Threats: Modern stressors that trigger our survival responses.
  • Healing Strategies: Practical steps to regulate your nervous system and promote healing.
  • How the Body-First Healing Program can help you.

The Nervous System: Our Body's Security System

It is my firm belief that the significant increase in chronic physical and mental illnesses is attributable to one key factor: we've created a world that is incompatible with our nervous system's needs.

Consider your nervous system as the ultimate security system of your life, constantly working in the background, i.e., your subconscious, to protect you from perceived threats. When the nervous system identifies danger, it activates survival states such as fight, flight, shut down, freeze, or fawn. This leads to the release of stress or survival hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare the body for a response.

Survival Mode and Its Consequences

As survival becomes the primary focus, other critical systems within the brain and body - including hormones, immune system, digestion, and musculoskeletal system - become disrupted. Prolonged exposure to perceived threats can cause the system to become chronically stuck in these survival states, leading to increased stress hormones and further impact on mental and physical health.

This situation creates a vicious loop of survival that many of us are experiencing in today's world. Chronic stress and survival responses lead to a variety of symptoms commonly seen in clients, such as anxiety, depression, burnout, fatigue, chronic illness and pain, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, dissociation, and more.

Common Perceived Threats in Today's World

Our nervous system is constantly alarmed by various modern stressors, including societal pressures, the divisive political climate, a culture of emotional suppression, environmental toxins, and the constant bombardment of distressing news and events. It's no wonder we're sick. So, what do we do to get well, to heal?

Healing and Recovery Strategies

To combat these issues and promote healing, it is essential to slow down, connect with your body, stay present, validate personal experiences, focus on controllable aspects of life, and identify activities that regulate the nervous system. The goal is not to eliminate threats but to find ways to thrive despite them, regulating amidst chaos and finding safety in the presence of danger.

  1. Slow Down: Give yourself permission to slow down and listen to your body.
  2. Body-Mind Connection: Shift your focus from your thoughts to your bodily sensations and feelings.
  3. Being Present: Concentrate on being in the moment, away from past or future worries.
  4. Validation and Acknowledgment: Recognize both the challenges and the positive aspects of your life.
  5. Empowering Control: Focus on what you can influence in your life.
  6. Finding Your Regulators: Identify activities that bring balance to your nervous system, like nature, music, or dance.

The ultimate goal isn't to eliminate all threats but to find ways to thrive amid them, to regulate in chaos, and to discover safety despite danger.

How the Body-First Healing Program Can Help

The Body-First Healing Program is designed to address these challenges head-on. We have dedicated an entire program section to addressing chronic illness, including a comprehensive hour and 15-minute recording in the Somatic Hacks section. This recording guides you through 17 different somatic exercises specifically designed to alleviate chronic illness symptoms.

Healing is a journey, and this program is here to guide you every step of the way. I've seen remarkable transformations in my clients, and I believe you too can find relief and healing through this approach.

Apply today and learn what life is like without chronic physical pain caused by nervous system dysregulation.


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