The mind loves spontaneity and excitement, and the idea of routine may sound a little mundane, even boring. But the body craves stability and predictability – our systems hum along better when there are fewer surprises.
It is the nervous system that is affected first when we’re leading erratic lives, and when the nervous system is scattered, digestion is adversely affected. It’s hard to have a scattered nervous system and an optimally functioning digestive system, and visa versa. They are very closely linked.
Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles tend to push our nervous systems beyond their natural capacity. Without consciously addressing this, true health will be difficult to obtain.
The abdomen and stomach region need to be in a state of rest (rest and digest is governed by the parasympathetic nervous system) in order for digestion to function effectively and efficiently. This is mainly around meal times, but the problem is that if we’re living irregular, scattered lives, it’s hard to switch the fight and flight mode off at meal times.
When we have structure and regularity in our day, the nervous system has the chance to relax and stabilise. The ‘fight or flight’ response (sympathetic nervous system) is not needed as much when we’re grounding into a more structure day and integrating supportive daily practices. And when the nervous system is relaxed, our digestion has a better chance of optimum performance.
Living with structure and routine is living rhythmically. We put the daily activities that need to take priority in their rightful place and allow the rest of our day to flow creatively from there.
Focus first on your meal and sleep times. Get them firmly established into your day. Give them the priority status they deserve and work the rest of your day around them. This is about your health and well being, after all.
This is the foundation of a healing lifestyle.