Stress, trauma and burnout change the way we live in this world
Re-wiring the nervous system can manage trauma and stress related symptoms and illnesses
Trauma and stress change how our brain and nervous system function.
Stress and traum can often leave us feeling different from others. We tend to ignore or hide this aspect of ourselves for fear of being judged. We can become trapped in shame or guilt.
We learn to cope in ways that can make things worse or make it challenging to live in this world. For example, we dissociate from our feelings and reality, we seek pleasure outside of ourselves in addictions or attachments and we become super sensitive to our environment.
Issues are in our tissues
Unprocessed emotions and traumatic events embedd themselves into the body tissues and nervous system. We live in a chronic state of fight/flight and dissociation. This can lead to have a low capacity for emotional regulation, healing and integration. This is why talking therapies rarely work and why 'rapport' is the greatest predictor of success of any therapy. We need to feel safe.
Long term it can result in the onset of autoimmune conditions, inflamation and chronic illnesses. Re-wiring the nervous system can help to manage the onset of trauma related symptoms and illnesses and becomes important in reversing chronic lifestyle conditions.
We cannot think our way back to safety and connection.
The solution lies in healing the nervous system via the body first. Nervous system triggers can become the baseline to push off from. In many ways it does not matter what your diagnosis is, it's what you do day-to-day that counts.
Survived now thrive.
Humans especially those who have long term stress are exceedingly tolerant of putting up with things. Many people will struggle for weeks, months, even decades before taking control of unhelpful and dangerous situation. It doesn't have to be this way. Survival is not the same as thriving.
Founder & MD of Inspiring Women
From the beginning Marie has this wonderful gift of making you feel you can do anything. Old injuries flared up, self-doubt, comparison but Marie’s mantra in my head “ Sally you can do hard things”.
Marie has facilitated work with the fabulous womens groups in Manchester and beyond including her 'Worrier to Warrior' workshop and her 'Healing the body' programme by exploring the Chakras through the lens of Psychology.
What does survival mode feel like?
To live in a chronic state of fight/flight and dissociation means the world feels unsafe and overwhelming.
Day-to-day this can increase muscle tension, pain, blood pressure, skin conditions, healing wounds, concentration, sleep and headaches. It can make us super-sensitive to our enviroment both physically and psychologically.
This gives a low capacity for emotional regulation, learning and integration. This means we are hy-jacked by our emotions, find it difficult to learn and change our behaviour - every day feels like day 1.
To relieve the discomfort we feel, we will drift to anything that takes away the pain. For example, drugs, alcohol, relationships, shopping, exercise and other attachments.
We can also stuggle with fatigue, mood swings, long term memory, our ability to cope with problems in life, impulse control and our ability to look ahead and plan.
Longer term we may suffer with social withdrawal, time off work autoimmune conditions, fertility, gastrointestinal issues and slower motor functioning.
Contrary to convention a stressed, traumatised or tense nervous system cannot heal by trying to figure things out in the head. We heal through the body first.
It doesn't matter what the diagnosis, it's what you do that makes the difference.
There is a critical link between nerve health and our stress immune response. Our nerves influence pain and inflamation.