More about our nervous system…
Bet you didn’t know that the nervous system affects more than just the nerves in our body.
The Latin derivative for the word emotion, ‘emotere’, literally means energy in motion. It is the feeling sensation and physiological reaction that makes a specific emotion positive or negative.
When we have pent up or unresolved emotion (energy in motion) we can affect our physical body. This is part of the mind-body connection.
Our mental states has some influence over our physical states.
When we experience any of the following
- Structural defects
- Blood flow disruption
- Autoimmune disorders
Our nervous systems may react and we can experience
- Memory loss
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle rigidity
“Don’t let people who don’t care about you, manipulate your mind, feelings and emotions or control how you think about yourself. Never give that much power to someone else.”
― Karon Waddell
This is why it is so important to try and get ahead of any unprocessed fears, traumas, or emotions and work through them as best as we can.
How do we work through? We work on mindfulness and self-soothing.
So, you’ve soothed yourself and calmed down…what’s next?
Now it’s time to reflect. Become aware and mindful of how you react during situations. Lets come up with a game plan for the next time a situation arises.
Here are a few reflective questions and journal prompts to ask yourself.
- Consider what happened…what triggered you?
- How did you feel?
- What emotions came up?
- What did you tell yourself about what happened?
- What is your belief system saying?
- What was your initial thought?
- What were the consequences?
- How do you think it made you look?
- Can you see another side?
- Can you dispute your thoughts?
- Are you thinking rationally?
- Did you have all the information?
- Did you ask all the questions you could?
- What can you do differently the next time?
The next time you find yourself in a touch situation either emotionally or externally, you now have a few tools to help slowdown any impulsive or reckless actions due to being trigger and have learned how to lean into your body and ground yourself in mindfulness.
Remember to use the journal prompts as a tool to gain more insight into who you are and what trigger you. When you have the knowledge you have the control and power.
These steps are sure to help you change those lemons into sparkling lemonade. You got this.
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