• How the Nervous System Affects Your Mental Health

    Smart Therapy in Kitchener always keeps a person’s nervous system in mind during therapy sessions, it’s incredibly important. Your nervous system runs and powers every organ and every other system, from your brain to your digestion, breathing and beyond. But what many people don’t consider is that the natural aging process, toxins and diseases can impact your nervous system, and therefore your overall health and well-being. Self-regulation and emotional regulation also has a lot to do with your nervous system and working with it to learn how to calm and soothe yourself to support your moods and emotions.

    What does the nervous system do?

    Your nervous system is a bit like the Internet. But instead of nodes, your nervous system is a large network of specialized cells called neurons that “talk to each other.” These messages, which are really electrical signals, travel between your brain, skin, organs, muscles and glands. And all of the messages help your body to feel sensations, move and work correctly, and help important information get back to the brain.

    Keeping Your Nervous System Healthy to Keep YOU Healthy

    Once you begin to understand that the nervous system is what powers the rest of your body, all of its organs and other systems, you begin to realize how important it is to keep your nervous system healthy. Any hit to your nervous system can result in headaches, migraines, muscles spasm, anxiety, learning difficulties and more.

    So how do you keep your nervous system healthy?

    • Eat right
    • Exercise
    • Avoid drugs
    • Drink alcohol in moderation
    • Avoid developing chronic disease, such as diabetes, which can damage your nerves.

    As a Kitchener therapist, in my approach I offer Emotion-Focused Therapy as well as Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy, both of which are very good at regulating the nervous system and supporting individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. If you are interested in a session feel free to book here.

    If you’re someone who hasn’t given much thought to your nervous system and all it does for you, it’s time you start. Take care of it and it will take care of you!





    Rebecca Steele

    Rebecca Steele, MA, MSW, RP, RSW is an individual therapist in

    downtown Kitchener. She specializes in offering insight-driven depth therapy and supports individuals who may be experiencing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and trauma. Click here to learn more about her online Kitchener counselling practice!