Awareness is the first step to noticing the mind emotionally hijacking the body.
PAUSE & INQUIRE: Can you name the parts of your body where unpleasant sensations arise? Can you name the flavor of sensations? Constriction? Quickening? Chill? Tingling? Can you name what you were doing when the sensations arose?
NOTICE: The mind was acting on a nervous system response to keep you safe. Thank your nervous system for doing you a solid. 🙏🏻
NURTURE: When overwhelmed, practice doing something that provides a grounded & nurturing BODY experience in those moments of awareness. Such as:
Taking a warm bath
Wrapping in blankets
Walk in the sunshine
Play with a furbabe
Plant some plants
Dance to your favorite music
Bake your favorite dessert from scratch
Phone a fam for laughs & support.
And then stay in your BODY, practice noticing when mental machinations draw you back. 🤔 DON’T go back to the conditions that triggered the emotional hijack in the first place (probably the internet / mass media / looking at old photos / etc). Nurture within your window of tolerance. You don’t have to unpack & “fix” yourself when you’re emotionally disregulated. 🙏🏻🧠🫀
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