How to reset your nervous system in seconds to relieve headaches and neck, shoulder and back tension: ‘This actually works’
- Simple exercise helps reset the nervous system
- It works by activating the vagus nerve
A health and wellness expert has revealed the very simple exercise you can do to ‘reset’ your nervous system.
Taime, who goes by Sacronaut online, said the movement can help with migraines, headaches, tension and pain and even alleviate anxiety.
The 31-year-old said the exercise works by activating and resetting the vagus nerve which controls body functions including digestion, heart rate and the immune system.
He demonstrated how to reset the nerve by putting your hands behind your head, keeping your face forward and looking all the way to the left then right until you experience an ‘involuntary’ yawn or sigh.
Taime’s fans were amazed the trick ‘actually worked’ as many reported their headaches going away after doing the movement.
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Wellness expert, Taime (pictured) has shared a simple exercise that can ‘reset’ the nervous system and alleviate headaches, migraines and tension in the neck, back and shoulders
‘This is super easy, it relieves headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, it’s incredible and it works,’ Taime said in a TikTok clip.
He said to first sit straight and turn your head all the way to the right then again to the left.
‘Notice if there’s any pain or discomfort in your neck or your shoulders or your back,’ he said.
Taime then said to interlock your fingers and put your hands behind your head.
Keeping your head still and facing forward, move your eyes to look all the way to the right.
‘You’re going to do this until you get an involuntary yawn or deep sigh,’ Taime explained.
He said to put your hands behind your head and keeping your face forward, look all the way to the right until you ‘involuntarily’ yawn or let out a big sigh then repeat looking to the left
What is the nervous system and does it need resetting?
Your nervous system acts like the command centre for the body, and it guides most of our daily activity, including:
- Basic activities like breathing and seeing.
- Complex processes, like thinking, reading, and feeling emotions.
- Detecting threats—whether real or imaginary—and triggering a fight-flight-freeze response.
Regulating the nervous system is a big part of somatic therapy —a holistic approach to therapeutic healing work that aims to heal a person with mental and physical exercises.
While you can’t truly ‘reset’ your nervous system, you can take steps to restore it with relaxation techniques and other practices that may help restore balance.
‘Sometimes it takes a minute, it can take up to three minutes, it can even take up to 30 seconds.’
He said to then repeat the same step looking to the left.
‘Now what you’re going to do is you’re going to do the same thing that you did before and you’re going to turn your head as far as you can,’ Taime said.
‘This time you’re going to notice that your head turns way farther.
Taime claims the easy hack can ‘get rid’ of migraines and headaches, as well as tension in the neck and shoulders.
‘Resetting your vagus nerve can be so helpful. I deal with tension headaches pretty often on the right side and as soon as I reset my vagus nerve by doing this, it goes away completely,’ he said.
Seven ways to reset your nervous system
1. Practice deep breathing
When we take a slow, deep breaths, we signal to our parasympathetic nervous system to calm down and restore our emotional and mental state. It can also help let go of stress and anxiety.
2. Take a two minute cold shower
Cold exposure may calm down your vagus nerve, or the main nerve of your parasympathetic nervous system, and help restore balance.
3. Soak in a hot bath
Submerging yourself in a warm bath or a hot sauna may lower inflammation.
4. Shake it off
Energetic movement can help release tension and trauma, calming your nervous system to a neutral state by burning adrenaline and releasing muscular tension.
5. Use a weighted blanket
A weighted blanket that’s about10 per cent of your body weight may help promote a feeling of relaxation and calm.
6. Cuddle with a furry friend
Your body releases the hormone oxytocin, nicknamed the ‘cuddle hormone’. It can lower cortisol, the primary stress hormone in the body.
7. Set your phone to ‘do not disturb’
Turn off your phone to dive into a relaxing hobby like gardening or knitting. Constant engagement online can lead to overstimulation and stress the body out.
‘It’s incredible what you can do when you become aware of your body’s functions.
The useful clip has been viewed more than 8.6million times and many viewers tried it for themselves with varying results.
‘Unexpected surprise, it turned down the volume of my tinnitus!’ one woman wrote.
‘Not only helped the neck pain, but I shallow breathe and I immediately breathed fully again!!’ a second replied.
‘I can hardly move my neck I’ve had anxiety for years. I get lots of pain in the bottom of my skull above the neck. I can’t believe this worked,’ another said.
‘What kind of sorcery is this?! Helped immediately,’ a fourth commented.
But not everyone was convinced as one said: ‘It made my eyes hurt when looking to the side lol no yawn or sigh or anything’.
‘Okay but why did I get dizzy when I looked to the side with my eyes?’ someone else asked to which Taime replied: ‘I felt dizzy and felt prickles in my fingers for a second’.