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A Practice for Overwhelm


What is overwhelm?


Anything that you experience and perceive as too soon, too fast, too much. It brings you into a state of overwhelm, where it might have been difficult to process or handle what you experienced. I encourage you to try this exercise next time you are feeling overwhelmed. Although, I encourage you to practice this right now as you read this post! Bring you hands to your armpits and imagine a large rock is in front of you and slowly push away from your body. Press your feet into the ground and do it super slow until your arms are fully extended. When your arms have had enough you can drop your hands into your laps. Your nervous system is connected to your overall health. If your nervous system is constantly activated, it will drive you into dis-ease. You have the power to stop it. You can rewire your nervous system with somatic practices. You need to be consistent with your practice. Find a specific time each day when you can drop in and create a container of safety. Check out my blog post 3 ways to start your healing journey where I share 3 biological embodiment practices.

Build your window tolerance of expansion and contraction through your daily practice. Why have a daily practice? You commit to practices so that you can ensure you don’t cry uncontrollably, picking fights, or you have a flare up in symptoms. This journey is cyclical. We have a tendency to go back into that state of shock, trauma, or shame state because it is so familiar. There is something safe in those spaces. Shame can be a safe space because it protects you from having to confront intense emotions. If you contract into shame, you don’t have to confront the fear. You can also become addicted to the emotions you experience because of the release of cortisol and adrenaline each time you go into that space. It is important to find ways to regulate and manage these experiences and process your emotions. It starts with one step. In order to reach the top of the mountain, one must take the first step. It starts with making the decision to take action to bring in more somatic work into your life so you can process and manage overwhelm. Let me know if you try out the practice and how it went for you! I hope that you found this useful and I wish you well on your growth and transformation journey! I want you to know that you are not alone and you don't have to do this alone. If you are looking for guidance, support and accountability to integrate a daily into your life, book a free clarity call to see if we are a good fit!

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