High Five to reduce anxiety and trauma
High Five to reduce anxiety and trauma
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We all have our “favorite” old feelings and things we say to ourselves when we are unsure of how to move forward. Do any of these sound familiar” I’m not sure I can… Maybe later, after I … This never works right for me… It always happens, … Maybe trying these new technique based in …
Anxious or nervous – why?
1. Anxiety in a new situation
Being in a new situation, meeting new people, or speaking in front of a group can produce “nervousness, fear, anxiety, butterflies in the stomach, cold feet, sweating, dry mouth or muscle twitching…
When words or actions or situations trigger anxiety or another emotional response, the body’s fight-or-flight brain-activated protection system goes on alert. This is the oldest of our protection systems needed by our ancestors who lived in the jungles to keep them safe from wild animals.
These old body signals can get turned on in us today if we are put in a situation that our mind or nervous system feels unsafe triggers. They can be annoying if we have not learned how to use and diffuse this hyped-up old pattern energy.
After trauma or life-changing illness even years later, these fears and anxiety can be debilitating, and cause the mind to freeze and the person to shut down, or overreact.
These old triggers can be defused slowly and instead of it always being a trigger it can create a new understanding in our emotional awareness while diffusing the old pain if gently worked on. These triggers do not go away by ignoring them.
2. Overwhelm & Confusion
If you feel overwhelmed by the suddenness of an event, the fight or flight energy of the body takes over. A person quits thinking calmly and rationally and tries to survive the confusion and fear by fleeing, hiding, fighting, or attempting to appease their abuser or making excuses for forgetting or having memory lapses. Usually, the ability to share feelings and thoughts is avoided or swallowed to get physical support and help.
Over the long haul
After the initial crisis or accident passes and some external wounds go away, the emotional wounds remain hidden in the body’s and nervous system’s fascial tissues and the psyche, awaiting a later expression but never forgotten.
The problem is these deep-seated wounds don’t go away but leave open sores that never heal without help.
How does the body react to a crisis?
The body and brain have organized communication systems that catalog all our experiences and sort these happenings as sensitive impressions in the brain and other body parts.
Example: If I were driving my car through a 4-way intersection and got hit by an out-of-control motorcycle, I would naturally be more cautious at that intersection or around motorcycles the next time I drive.
I would unconsciously become more vigilant; my pulse may race, etc. These responses seem confusing, but they are a normal reaction to previous trauma.
If you have suffered from
How to begin to release these stressors:
Today’s tip to relieve old stress
Rub the area under your nose above your upper lip while belly breathing profoundly and slowly inhale through your nose and then exhale very slowly through your nose. Feel your belly decrease in size as your belly muscles contract.
**If this helps you after your practice every day for one week, send me your comments and experiences -it can encourage others. Thanks!
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Day 5 Be Gentle ! The Pat day Stand on your open porch or in a safe comfortable well lite space. Belly Breathe deeply several times – very slowly! Continue throughout the exercise. Now take your hands, and gently slowly pat your self from top of your head down your face and neck and then …