The Nourished Nervous System Podcast

Episode 26 - Nourished for Resilience

 Hosted by Kristen Timchak          

Show Notes

Why are you interested in self care and nourishing the nervous system?  What is the long game?  Is it just to feel good or is there a deeper reason?

These are some of the questions I've been asking myself throughout my self care journey.  The answer that I come up with again and again is resilience.  To be more resilient in my body, mind and spirit.  To be able to show up more fully for my family, community and the larger world.  

For me there are three major ways that I nourish my nervous system and cultivate resilience - completing stress responses, increasing neural plasticity, and managing Vata and Ojas.   There are many small things I do each day to do this, but these are the roots.

In this episode:

  • What is the "window of tolerance" and why is it important to cultivating resilience
  • How the window of tolerance and the zones of hyperarousal and hypoarousal correspond to the gunas of the mind
  • Why I think completing stress responses, increasing neural plasticity and managing Vata and Ojas are foundational to cultivating resilience
  • An explanation of the pillars of a nourished nervous system, and ways to begin to integrate them into your life.
  • The pillars are:  Move Your Body, Feed Your Body, Tend Your Mind, Feed your Spirit, Tend Your Spark, Human Connection, Rest, and Sleep

Free Nourished for Resilience Workbook

Related Episodes:

Episode 3 - What the Vata?!
Episode 4 - Nuts and Bolts of the Stress Response Cycle and How to Complete it
Episode 11 - Why What You Think Matters

Episode 13 - Practice Being a Cat
Episode 15 - Vibrancy is a Long Game
Episode 24 - Don't Normalize Sub-Quality Sleep


Wright, A., LMFT (n.d.). What Is the Window of Tolerance, and Why Is It So Important?Psychology Today.

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