Meet Vivienne Tang, the visionary Founder & CEO of Destination Deluxe, a preeminent wellness and travel publication renowned for its meticulous curation of top-tier resorts, retreats, spas, beauty, wellness, and fitness brands, alongside global wellness practices. With a remarkable presence in the wellness and travel sector, Vivienne Tang has etched her name in luxury lifestyle publishing over the past 25 years. Moreover, she is a sought-after speaker, having delivered talks and participated in panel discussions at prestigious events such as the Global Wellness Summit, World Spa & Wellness Asia, PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference, and Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide, among others. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous magazine interviews.

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Tang shares with us her insights on emotional wellness through nervous system regulation, a topic that has garnered significant attention and earned a place in this year’s 12 Wellness Trends for 2024 on Destination Deluxe. This subject holds a special place in her heart, reflecting both its relevance in contemporary wellness discussions and her personal dedication to its exploration and promotion. She advocates for the wellness community to actively partake in essential conversations that encompass people’s emotional well-being when exploring topics related to overall wellness and mental health.

“The industry frequently emphasizes mental wellness, often overlooking the profound link between our emotional well-being and mental health. A well-regulated nervous system plays a pivotal role in sustaining a healthy mind. It becomes our unique responsibility to skillfully navigate challenging emotions, address triggers, and adeptly rewire our nervous system through neuro-regulation. Failure to do so may lead to the persistence of survival strategies, transforming them into catalysts for chronic nervous system dysregulation. These once protective mechanisms, when extended beyond their utility, initiate a destructive cycle, impacting our thoughts, emotions, and physical wellness. By acknowledging the intricate connection between our emotional well-being and mental health, we empower ourselves to proactively engage in activities that promote a balanced and regulated nervous system.

Through neuro-regulation, therapeutic interventions, and fostering healthy connections with others, we can pave the way for lasting emotional resilience. Taking responsibility for our emotional health not only enhances our overall well-being but also contributes to creating a society where mental and emotional wellness are prioritized and embraced.”, Vivienne Tang says.

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Benefits of Emotional Wellness through Nervous System Regulation:

  1. Enhanced Mental Clarity and Focus:Regulation of the nervous system promotes a state of balance, leading to improved cognitive function, mental clarity, and sustained focus.
  1. Stress Reduction:Effective nervous system regulation helps manage stress responses, reducing the impact of stress on mental health.
  1. Improved Emotional Resilience and Coping Mechanisms:Foster resilience in the face of challenges and navigate and bounce back from challenging emotions with greater ease.
  1. Enhanced Self-Awareness:Practices that regulate the nervous system, such as mindfulness, cultivate self-awareness, helping individuals recognize and understand their emotions more deeply.
  1. Increased Vitality and Positive Impact on Physical Health:Expect increased energy levels and a sense of vitality. Positive effects also include lower blood pressure, improved immune function, and better overall cardiovascular health.
  1. Better Sleep Quality:Improved nervous system regulation positively impacts sleep patterns, leading to better sleep quality and overall restorative rest.
  1. Healthy Relationships:Experience better communication, empathy, and emotional regulation, which contributes to healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
  1. Long-Term Psychological Well-being:Results include long-term psychological well-being, which reduces the risk of mental health disorders and enhances overall life satisfaction.

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Tips for Successful Nervous System Regulation:

  1. Awareness of the Nervous System States: Understand and recognize your nervous system states. Identify whether you are in a hyperaroused (fight-flight), hypoaroused (freeze), or a more balanced state.
  1. Tracking Sensations in the Body: Pay attention to bodily sensations and track them to understand and regulate emotional experiences.
  1. Activate the Social Engagement System: Stimulate your connections with others as fostering healthy relationships is crucial for regulating the nervous system.
  1. Engage in Self-Regulation Practices: Use breathwork and meditation practices to regulate your nervous system. Guided visualizations can also help to create a safe and nurturing inner space, promoting a sense of security. Furthermore, spend time in nature as a way to regulate your nervous system. Walking in a natural environment, feeling the sun, or listening to natural sounds can have a calming effect.
  1. Engage in Neuro-Regulation Practices: Work with a practitioner, who is certified in Somatic Experiencing (SE) or NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) to effectively regulate your nervous system and navigate the repercussions of developmental trauma. This therapeutic approach is instrumental in enhancing your capacity to cultivate and sustain healthy relationships.
  2. Boundaries and Limits: Establish clear boundaries for yourself, which will create a sense of safety and security.







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