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Singing: The Surprising Solution for Menopause Symptoms and Vagus Nerve Health





Proven ways to support our stress levels (for us at least…although my kids don't think so with my singing!)

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Menopause can bring an array of new challenges, not least among them stress management and how to relax. We often hear about the benefits of meditation, deep breathing, and enjoying the tranquility of nature.

However, another avenue of relief gets less airtime: nurturing the vagus nerve. Possibly, partly, because this sounds technical and complicated, which it's not.


Here's some insight into our body's stress response and how we can support ourselves through this transformative time.

Our Body's Stress Response Systems

Our body's automatic control system is composed of three parts:

1. The "fight or flight" system (the Sympathetic Nervous System or SNS),

2. The "rest and repair" system (the Parasympathetic Nervous System or PNS),

3. The gut's nervous system (the Enteric Nervous System or ENS). This is so powerful it's been dubbed the second brain.

The SNS jumps into action in the face of danger, releasing adrenaline to prepare for emergencies.

However, if it's constantly active, it's not just unhelpful; it can be downright disruptive, causing issues ranging from reproductive disturbances to mood and sleep troubles. It's crucial for this system to switch off when it's not needed.

The PNS, on the other hand, is all about slowing down and restoring peace. It facilitates recovery from stress, eases your heart rate, and helps with digestion and blood sugar balance.


The Star of Stress Relief: The Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is a key component of the PNS.

This extensive nerve runs from your brain down to the base of your spine. Think of it as your body's built-in stress relief cable, sending signals to help various organs chill out.

The Vagus Nerve and Your Gut

The vagus nerve is essential for connecting your brain and your digestive system, ensuring they communicate effectively. This connection keeps your brain informed about how your digestion is doing and how full you're feeling.

Just like a muscle, the vagus nerve needs regular activity to stay strong. If you don't use it, it can get weak. But you can exercise it through special activities to make it stronger, which can improve how well it works. This is especially helpful if your digestion isn't great, as a strong vagus nerve can help your gut and brain communicate better.

By learning about the vagus nerve and how it helps manage stress and keep your body in balance, you can start taking steps to activate it for a calmer, healthier you. This is especially helpful during menopause, when your body is going through a lot of changes and could use some extra relaxation and balance.


Ways to Boost Your Vagus Nerve

Like your muscles, the vagus nerve needs a workout to stay fit. Without use, it might not do its job as well. But you can 'exercise' it in ways that not only improve your digestion but also help manage stress:

1. Singing and Humming:

Belt out a tune or hum along to your favorite song, whether holiday carols while you deck the halls, soulful melodies as you cook, or pop hits in the shower. These fun activities engage the muscles in your throat and, in turn, boost your vagus nerve.

2. Gargling:

A vigorous gargle with water can be a quick morning workout for your vagus nerve.

3. A Cold Shower

A quick splash of cold water on your face or a brief cold shower can wake up your vagus nerve.

4. Laughter:

Ever heard laughter is the best medicine? It's also a workout for your vagus nerve, thanks to the engagement of your diaphragm.

5. Gentle Massage:

A soothing massage can stimulate the vagus nerve, especially around the neck or feet.


During menopause, finding ways to reduce stress is more crucial than ever. So, next time you feel overwhelmed, you might just want to hum your favorite melody or laugh with a friend. It's not only enjoyable but good for your nerve health, too!


Please schedule a complimentary call with me to discuss your experiences. This conversation is an opportunity to explore your symptoms and the possible ways to manage them with absolutely no obligation. Remember, acknowledging and addressing your pain is vital to finding relief and improving your daily life.


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