Draining the body of anxiety and stress

One of the best and most recent Ptsd books is “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.”

Brain, mind and body are connected, those trauma thoughts correspond to sensations held in our body.

Triggers bring extreme anxiety along with corresponding drugs of cortisol and adrenaline.

Usually, we have a spot, a special location inside our bodies where trauma pools or concentrates.

Mine is the solar plexus, tightness, twitching, vibrating and pulsating sensations rock my nervous system.

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My triggers fired violently, a sudden numbness, a paralyzing jolt started my adrenal stress mechanism firing (fight or flight mechanism).

Our challenge is to befriend these body sensations, bring our focused, slow breath into the solar plexus.

One more time, our focused breath practice (Meditation) is the perfect fit for exploring our internal world.

I take my breath into the center of my heart, trying to make it stop.

Not really but I am trying to slow it down as much as humanly possible.

First, a thorough body scan discovers any stress points, twitches, or uncomfortable sensations.

Where does fear, anger, and trauma manifest in our body?

Hard to unplug the body’s impact on PTSD symptoms without great awareness of this minefield.

Know where your PTSD manifests in your body.

Become familiar with the sensations every day.

Familiarity makes it easier to overcome and integrate.

My fight or flight mechanism no longer fires for trauma triggers.

I practiced trying to sit calmly when a trigger exploded.

I failed over and over, however in due time I could sit a little longer as my nervous system exploded.

One day I found myself in the middle of a trigger exploding, focused breath, calm and determined.

After a while the cortisol and adrenaline dissipated, I had won, a trigger was nullified.

It is a mechanism that can be calmed and returned to near normal.

Explore your inner world, integrate old trauma and heal a little each day.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. This is such a great book. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve read it … And, yes, exploring slowly and integrating a small piece of the trauma at the times, is the only way to make progress.

  2. Bodywork lags behind trauma therapies

    I recommend an aerobic exercise. Vigorous aerobic exercise

    Work out near exhsustion and see how you can mechanically purge the body of anxiety

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