Boundaries make it safe for you to return to your senses – and to return to your body. Trauma often invades the boundaries that we call personal space. Learning to make personal space choices – discerning who and what enters the boundaries of your personal space – is an integral part of post traumatic growth.
Breathing Patterns Traumatic events may knock the wind out of you; take your breath away. After trauma, living a breathless life may become a habit. When shallow breathing or holding your breath becomes a habit, your oxygen levels decrease until billions of cells in your body scream, I’m suffocating! Distressed cells trigger alarms. Your body releases chemicals
Post traumatic stress – one of our greatest – and most neglected – public health issues Sailboat overwhelmed by intense waves & storm Any event(s) can be traumatic when too much comes at you so fast that it overwhelms your usual capacity to cope. Unless trauma finds a way out, the impacts of traumatic events
Sensory Language Words are one way to connect with and communicate sensations. Learning to speak a new language helps you experience a new world, observed the poet, Rumi. Return to Your Senses supports fluency in body-centered language to facilitate engagement with, and communication of your inner world. KIS – Keep It Simple. Using more
Connection: Talking & Listening Stay connected while you talk or listen Describing a traumatic event can pull the narrator – and the listener – into the chaotic past, and re-trigger a fight, flight or freeze reaction in the body. For the occasions when you choose to describe a traumatic event – or listen to someone’s