Our bodies store trauma for us to protect us from it happening again. It alerts us to danger that reminds us of what we went through. When we find safety, our bodies continue to alert us that there is danger when that is not the case anymore. We can express gratitude to our bodies for this while gently informing it that we are safe and it did it’s job. The work of therapy is to give the body a rest, process the trauma, and move forward.
Sometimes with therapy, we only focus on how to fix our present behaviors - snapping at coworkers, isolating yourself from others, drinking more than you want to... We often focus on how to stop those behaviors, and that is a good thing. .
But these behaviors are symptoms of something deeper. These symptoms are the weeds growing from roots that have existed for much longer. When we only focus on present behaviors, we improve our lives but we don’t stop the problem from coming back. The weeks grow back over, and over, and over.
You can spend your days cutting the weeds, or you can spend the energy to pull the weeds from their roots. We can till the soil, give it nutrients, and make it an environment where less weeds grow.
We can keep coping with our symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, etc. We can address the symptoms as they come, and struggle to feel better. Or we can get to the root of them, pull them out for good.
Did you know lotus flowers grow from muddy, murky waters? Don’t underestimate the beauty that can bloom from a dark place.
Alright friends, I have a challenge for you - A SOCIAL MEDIA CLEANSE 🛁 .
No, I don’t mean take a break from social media. I mean cleanse your feed.
If you’ve jumped on the @mariekondo train, this will make sense to you. Does a page you are following spark joy? Laughter? Self-love? Inspiration? Or does it spark something else? Jealousy? Anger? Self-hate?
For the amount of time we spend on social media, this is crucial to mental health! Go through your account and ask yourself:
Does this bring me:
Or does this bring me:
❌Feelings of inadequacy
DELETE, UNFOLLOW, BLOCK the things that are not adding positivity to your life and go on the hunt for positive and uplifting accounts to follow.
Visual description: white background with black handwriting that says, “you are worth creating and enforcing your own boundaries.” .
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◼️◾️▪️Another restless night? Looking for a new way to calm your restless mind? Try box breathing. It’s quite simple! First, draw a box with your eyes: draw a line up ⬆️, then to the right ➡️, now down ⬇️, and finally close the box by drawing to the left ⬅️. Now close your eyes and imagine drawing that box. Now when you draw your line up, inhale. And to the right, exhale. And down, inhale. To the left, exhale. Repeat this sequence. You can even try variations - reversing the order you’re drawing it, inhaling on horizontal lines instead of verticals, or even focusing on something your grateful for on your inhale. Try this a few times to see if it quiets your mind! ▪️◾️◼️