Are you or a loved one Lost
in the fog of anxiety and trauma?
Signs of living in “the fog”
1. Anticipatory Fear/ Anxiety
Normally being in a new situation, meeting new people or speaking in front of a group can produce “butterflies in the stomach, cold feet, sweating, dry mouth or muscle switching…
Why?? These body signals can be annoying -for some especially after trauma, TBI or life-changing illness. The fear and anxiety can be debilitating and cause the mind to shut down and the person to react and shut down or overreact in the moment.
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 placate their abuser or making excuses for forgetting, having memory laps… Usually, the ability to share feels and thoughts is avoided or swallowed to get physical support and help.
3. Over the long haul
After the initial crisis or accident passes and some of the external wounds go away, the emotional wounds remain hidden in the fascial tissues of the body and nervous system, and psyche awaiting a later time to be expressed, 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 this happen?
The body and brain have organized communication systems that catalog all our experiences and sorts these happenings as sensitive impressions in the brain and other part of the body to possible come out to aggrevate us later.
Example: If I was 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 am driving.
I would unconsciously become more vigilant, my pulse may race, etc. These responses seem confusing, but they are a normal reaction to previous trauma.
How to begin to release this stress:
Simply rub the area under your nose above your upper lip slowly while breathing deeply through your nose and slowly through your mouth. Feel your belly decrease in size your belly muscles contract.
**If this helps you after your practiced daily for 1 week send me your comments and experiences -it can encourage others. Thanks!