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Neuvana Offers Health Tips During Emotional Wellness Month in October

With October being Emotional Wellness Month, Neuvana encourages people to conduct a self-check-in to optimize their mental wellness. As part of the evaluation, Neuvana cites the vagus nerve as the key to ensuring optimal emotional health. The vagus nerve plays a vital role in mental wellness by regulating the body’s stress response. 

Chronically stressed people are more likely to experience anxiousness, irritability and emotional dysfunction. These feelings are a symptom of low vagal tone, but ways exist to increase vagal tones to improve mental health. These include:

Deep and slow breathing

This type of breathing helps relieve stress and reduce anxiety.

Cold exposure

This process involves dunking your head in a sink full of cold water or taking a cold shower to stimulate the vagus nerve.

Yoga and Meditation

 Practicing yoga increases GABA, a neurotransmitter that influences the brain into a calm state. Meditation exercises can also increase the vagal tone to produce more positive emotions.

Exercise

A regular exercise routine helps stimulate the vagus nerve to release a rush of feel-good endorphins into the body.

Probiotics

Eating foods high in probioticslike yogurt, can help stimulate the vagus nerve to increase GABA and reduce stress hormones.

Technology  

The vagus nerve can also be “hacked” using proper stimulation. Xen by Neuvana consists of an electronic device delivering gentle micro pulses through headphones directly to the vagus nerve located in the ear. Users can pair the device wirelessly to the Neuvana app and customize their sessions. This stimulation process helps to improve focus and enhance the ability to stay calm. 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.