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The Psychophysiology of Flow and Your Vagus Nerve from Psychology Today

This Psychology Today blog post is phase eight of a nine-part series called “The Vagus Nerve Survival Guide” which is designed to help you stay even-keeled in a topsy-turvy world. Each of the nine vagal maneuvers I’ve curated for this series can help you hack into the power of your vagus nerve in ways that will reduce stress, anxiety, anger, egocentric bias, and inflammation by activating the “relaxation response” of your parasympathetic nervous system. A variety of “self-distancing” techniques have also been found to reduce egocentrism and improve vagal tone (VT) as indexed by heart rate variability (HRV).

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