August 2, 2022

What Is Co-regulation?

“Co-regulation” is the ability for one persons nervous system to help calm another’s nervous system.

Co-regulation can be a helpful tool when you’re struggling to self-regulate your nervous system (“self-regulate” – is the ability to utilize personal tools like breathing, vision therapy, play, or movement that help steer your nervous system out of a reactive state where pain, anxiety, and overwhelm are present).

Here are a couple of co-regulating tools that can help you create a sense of ease.

Hugging for just 20 seconds releases the hormone, oxytocin. Oxytocin has been shown to boost the immune system and reduce stress.

Deep breaths (done together) – syncing your breathing with someone who is calm and relaxed can help you move our of a trauma response, as full breaths increase activation to the parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest part of the brain).

If you’re curious to learn more about how you can begin approaching your healing journey from this brain based lens, please feel free to visit www.coachalyssachang.com/turn-left-collective to join my private membership Turn Left Collective.

Inside of TLC, we adopt this brain based lens to healing so you can feel more compassionate and in trust of yourself and body as you heal.

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