Today I’m going to dive deeper into how to help you regulate your nervous system by orienting you to your environment. This is a key step for allowing your body to feel safe and I’m walking you through this process in the audio below.
Ahhhh the nervous system. I’ve been trying to get my mind and body out of survival mode (anxiety, fear, terror, overwhelm, etc.) for over a decade now and it’s taken me many years to be able to regulate my nervous system so I can finally feel safe. This has been no easy task but it has been SO worth it and has made such a huge difference in my health mentally and physically.
Trauma + The Nervous System
If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t realize you’re holding onto trauma. Surprisingly, we’re all holding on to some shape or form of trauma and it’s shocking to hear this because we think trauma is going to war or witnessing a shooting or seeing a scary movie but it’s actually everyday junk that we experience on a daily basis as well as suppressed emotional pain from our childhoods that we can’t consciously recall.
I’ve talked a lot about trauma in the past, especially in this featured article, How Trauma Impacts Your Health, and it’s been a topic I’ve been incredibly passionate about bringing awareness to throughout the last six years of my twelve-year healing journey. If you’re new to the concept of trauma and your health, I suggest diving into my featured article, The Trigger that Pops Your Balloon, to acclimate yourself with these concepts before moving on.
Because the majority of the world is in survival mode right now because of the coronavirus situation, I wanted to share an easy way you can help yourself on a daily basis to pull yourself out of survival mode (fight-or-flight) and calm down your body and any maladaptive stress responses (anxiety, overwhelm, etc.). I’ve learned many different protocols and somatic exercises to support and regulate the nervous system, which will all be addressed in The Valpone Method™ programs, but I’m sharing a short audio snippet below of how you can help yourself in your day-to-day life when you feel your stress response come on and you can’t seem to pull yourself out of it.
Now, along with helping you regulate your nervous system, I highly suggest checking out and reading a few personal resources from my journey that I know will support you throughout these next few weeks and beyond while the majority of the planet is in survival mode. If you haven’t read about survival mode yet, I suggest my featured article, How to Get Out of Survival Mode and Heal Your Body as well as How to Trust Your Body Again part I and part II.
And lastly, there are many personality traits that pull us into survival mode without us realizing it, so I suggest looking into the following featured articles to help you understand what your own stress response might be stemming from: The Highly Sensitive Empath and The People Pleaser and Worthiness and Not Feeling “Enough”.
If you are someone currently experiencing physical symptoms during this coronavirus time, I recommend reading my featured article, How to Feel Safe When Experiencing Symptoms, to help guide you through this process of fear when your body doesn’t feel safe.
And lastly, before we move on, I must share one of my favorite pieces of the healing journey, which is softening the armor we wrap around ourselves to “toughen up to life” because of traumatic experiences in our past (breakups, fights with a spouse or partner, job layoff, a painful argument, and so forth).
The softening process is key for allowing your nervous system to relax and reset. Trust me, it takes time to consciously be aware of when your body armors up to protect itself and you can do this. Self-awareness is something you’ll learn as you move on with this journey and will be a huge asset in trusting yourself and your own internal wisdom (intuition). I hope you enjoy this featured article, How to Soften: A Key Step to Healing.
Please stay safe during this time of the coronavirus, and I am sending you all a huge hug from NYC. Stay well and please feel free to ask any questions below.