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  • Writer's pictureRachel Brandwene, LCSW

The Impact of Attachment on Nervous System Health

Our attachment to those around us is a powerful factor that impacts how we’re able to develop, process, and regulate our emotions.

We know that forming secure and consistent attachments early on in life plays an essential role in forming neural pathways associated with social engagement, emotional regulation, and stress management. When we feel secure and connected to those we care about, our nervous system is able to develop pathways to process and manage emotions in a positive and healthy way. This allows us to regulate stress more effectively and cope with challenging emotions.

Moreover, those with strong attachments in childhood often demonstrate better psychological wellbeing, self-esteem, and resilience. So how can we foster positive attachments with others? A good way to start is to find a secure attachment style in the way you communicate with others, making sure that it is based on trust, understanding, respect, and connection. Showing those around you that you’re listening to them and understand their point of view goes a long way towards developing secure attachment styles.

Finally, being aware of our own needs and being comfortable with reaching out to ask for support when needed is essential. Developing this trust within yourself will not only foster better attachments to others but will also support your overall nervous system health.

Remember, attachments form the core of how our nervous system develops and maintains health. By fostering strong and positive attachments to those around us, we can help ourselves lead happier and healthier lives!

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