Calming Overactive Nerves

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If you feel you have overactive nerves because you are jumpy, anxious, angry, quick to jump to anything, and overly emotional, or you have an illness or condition you are associating with overactive nerves – and you are looking for help, this page is my attempt to share what has helped me.

My overactive nerves were so bad I got fibromyalgia, and as I learned to calm and soothe myself and become a more calm, relaxed, even person, I got healthier. And as I got healthier, I became more calm, relaxed and even. Oh, and happy. :)

One wonderful side effect of learning how to calm overactive nerves is you can get happy. You’re not constantly getting hijacked by your emotions as a response to things that happen around you.

So, here’s some things that helped me.

1. Valerian Root
I used to take it to help me sleep, and I discovered that it could actually help me stay calm too, if I took a low dosage. It’s a kind of sedative. You aren’t supposed to drive or anything, but it did help me chill out a little bit without feeling sleepy. It’s an herb, so it’s totally natural. You can also try the liquid extract valerian root

2. I also liked Rescue Remedy. This is a bach flower remedy. For several months, whenever I felt stressed or angry or anxious or crazy I would put some under my tongue.

The sales page on it says it is all natural and can reduce stress and help with health maitenance. It can be effective in any situation that causes stress. It’s homeopathic so it’s safe for the whole family. People use it for their kids and pets. It can help instill a sense of calm and control.

It’s supposed to do this through the blend of flower essences that are in it. They all promote calm and wellness.

I also think it can be an effective behavior modification element – it gives you something else to do besides what you usually do. So instead of screaming, yelling, hiding, or blaming, you are going for your rescue remedy and taking some deep breaths while you wait for it to kick in.

I had a friend with a seizure disorder related to stress who always had some of this with her, and when she started seeing flashes she would sit down and take her rescue remedy until they passed.

3. Good Days Tablets for a Positive Mood I took these regularly for many months. I do believe that the mind has much more control over the body than most people know or believe and it’s not just that if your nerves could relax, your mind could stay calm – it’s also that if your mind can stay calm, your nerves can relax.

4. I took up gentle yoga with this super-gentle cd 4 years later, I still do a sequence on this cd a lot. My favorite sequence on it is the one for anger but there’s also sequences for all sorts of stuff, including anxiety.

Yoga has been a very large part of my gradual healing of my ‘nervous issue’. It didn’t happen in a week, and I’m still not done, but I am a 100% different person than I was 4 years ago.

When I first looked for help for all my ‘issues’ one doctor gave me a relaxation cd, and that never worked for me. Yoga works much better because I can move and do something and that helps me quiet my mind and induce a relaxed state. Just laying there and listening to someone drone on never did.

5. Get a new outlook on life – I discovered over time that almost all of my suffering was self-imposed. All of my anxiousness came from beliefs and thoughts that actually aren’t true. This was a long hard road for me, and I’m still working on turning it around, but here’s the books that have helped me the most.

You Can Feel Good Again: Common-Sense Strategies for Releasing Unhappiness and Changing Your Life
Waking the Tiger : Healing Trauma : The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
I Need Your Love – Is That True?: How to Stop Seeking Love, Approval, and Appreciation and Start Finding Them Instead
Ask and It is Given

One more thing, if you have true panic and anxiety attacks, I do recommend the techniques in the panic away products (my review)

So, I’d love to hear from you. What do you think? what has helped you? What’s going on with your life? Thanks, Lisa

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22 thoughts on “Calming Overactive Nerves

  1. I have had fibromyalgia for at least 15 years. I get massage and started pilates about 6 months ago. I only do 1/2 hour twice a week. It helpds to make you feel strong by working the core and forcing you to go just slightly past your comfort zone. Have others gotten releif with Pilates.

  2. Hi Janis, thanks for your comment. I have never tried pilates, but I’ve heard it’s similar to yoga, and I LOVE yoga :) . I’ll be interested to hear what other people say too. Lisa

  3. I have been dealing with Fibromyalgia since a serious horse accident in July 2009. I have been very frustrated that Dr.s just can’t seem to help me enough. I am on quite a few prescriptions that helped in the beginning when I stated taking them. The longer I am on them the more I have to take, the less they work. The Rhumatologist told me the other day that there isn’t much more she can do for me as pertains to the stiffness and pain I feel in my muscles and joints. I feel like my muscles have shrunk, like rubber bands with no stretch left. Any how I have just started looking for help on line. It is hard for me to believe that my problem is all mental. Reading your blog has opened my eyes to what I need to start doing for myself…since Dr.s are no helping. I have so lost my faith in the medical industry!! Something a lot of people lost a long time ago…maybe that is why eastern Chinese/Indian medicine & techniques are still popular today. Thank you for sharing your research and experience…Thanks for helping me to understand what is going on with me!! :) Your explanation of over active nerves was great!! Thanks so very much!!

  4. Thank you Jody, and you are welcome! I try not to speak ill about doctors, but I haven’t been to see one for about 6 years – since the one I was at tried to tell me I must have HIV since the only people who get thrush in their mouth have HIV (I got it from taking two antibiotics at the same time). That was my moment of ‘you have got to be kidding me’. So I’m right there with you :)

  5. I came to this website as I was researching on my pain. Jody mentioned losing faith in the medical industry and I cant blame her because i am in the same boat so to speak.

    A year ago or so, my pain started and have lived with it. Everyday was a constant battle to function normally because the pain was overwhelming from my neck down to my toes. i sought help and my experience with the doctors were so overwhelmingly disgusting and it took them a year to finally diagnose me…with nothing!!

    they said that i am just getting old ( anyone and everyone can be a doctor then). They tested me but concentrated on my joints and said that i have osteoarthritis but I was prescribed gabapentin! the doctor didnt tell me that it was a seizure medication.The pharmacist said it was for nerve pains, but they never tested me for fibromyalgia.

    The symptoms I have are similar to that of fibromyalgia but I dont want to go see the doctors for another check up because I fear that they will just prescribe me more narco and pain killers without diagnosing my condition properly.

    What do you guys suggest I do?

    • It would be helpful if you could find a doctor who was fibromyalgia-friendly. they do exist. I suggest you read the rest of this site and see if anything I did helps you – stretching, gentle yoga, self trigger point massage, etc.

  6. i think, actually i am almost certain i have fms. about 2 months it started in my neck and over the last months it has worked its way down my body. i have been to the doc several times, and all they ever do is give nme pain meds, which at first i was fine with it, but 2 months into and they have tested me for nothing and my pain has gotten so bad that the only way i can sleep is with pain med, if i dnt take pain meds i cnt sleep, the pain is thatinse. im only 29 what shud i do

    • this entire website is about things you can try to see if they work for you. :) Just keep reading and try something. Lisa

  7. Hi! I have been suffering with fibromyalgia for 5 years now, and after being on Cymbalta and having it do almost nothing, I’ve turned my attention to complimentary and alternative medicine. I did a 44 day herbal detox 2 months ago, and my symptoms diminished greatly. We also started the Blood Type Diet, and cut out red meat, pork, most dairy, and even some fruits and vegetables, like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers…because they’re all nightshades, and nightshades cause inflammation. We had to cut out oranges, papaya, guava, tangerines and bananas because our bodies don’t utilize them properly. I feel so much better! Now I’m trying to get my hormones balanced out, and it’s a bit challenging, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  8. My mother has been diagnosed with fibrobyalgia and for her she suffers daily with her head feeling so bad that the only time she feels good is when she’s asleep. She’s very sensitive to medicines most of the times making symptons much worse. She has tried various prescriped meds and even some health store varieties for treatment for the fibrobyalgia. Nothing works. Any comments and suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks everyone!

    • It sounds to me like her neck muscles are a mess. Self-trigger point massage is the first thing I would recommend she learn. Lisa

  9. Hi Lisa,

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 2011 along with chronic fatigue syndrome & arthritis. I am off all Prescription MEDS and trying to do this the natural way. I have came across so much info that offered hope but they always wanted you to buy something. However, I did find out that all these years I have been B12 deficient. I started taking B12 shots, they do help with the energy but doesn’t help with my anxious self, anger, always worrying etc… I’m always tense but I am optimistic person but sometimes the anxious overacting thinking takes over & much more stronger than I knew.

    So I want to THANK YOU for your story & have a lot in common & with your information this might just be the rest of the “ingredient” I’ve been looking for & needed to get 100%.

    Blessings to you

  10. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for the info…I am getting started right away. I am 40 year old female, active duty military and this condition is really wearing me down. The question of most concern is when you did the Guai protocol, did you continue to use the other supplements on your top “natural” supplement list. Thanks much and I am hopeful for the first time in a long time.

    Dezzaire

    • Honestly, I don’t remember, but my guess would be NO. I tried to make sure I wasn’t doing anything that would interfere, so I didn’t take anything I didn’t absolutely have to. Lisa

  11. I am happy I found this, I was diagnosed in 1990 Have tried many medications, but have many adverse reactions. As I get older it has become increasingly hard to stay focused. I take lemon balm for the anxiety and stress. Also, do some Chai chi. but interested in trying the yoga.
    Does anyone have pain and frozen shoulder? This is my second time but on opposite shoulder.

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