The Polyvagal theory helping you understand your Anxiety
How has this anxiety crept up on me and what are the best ways to help myself?
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Stop the 'fight or flight' reactions in your mind
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Three Primal states = Petrified, Aroused, Cooperative
William Bloom has summed this up for us - "This, for me, is the essence of polyvagal theory: Embedded in all human beings are three primal states.
Polyvagal theory helps us to be aware of them and manage them.
1. Frozen, petrified, inert
2. Aroused and ready to fight or flee
Polyvagal Theory suggests that we move through these states almost as if we are reliving the primal evolution of our nervous systems. - which an animal in the wild would experience most days of their lives. Petrified —> Aroused —> Cooperative
|What William Bloom - and I - really like about this theory is:
So they don’t need psychological analysis to understand them. For example, we all experience being petrified not because we were mismanaged by our parents but because it's a natural state. To be petrified is a normal biological state and sits in all of us.
Petrified + Aroused + Cooperative = Normal human interaction - and so let's accept these feelings and not feel we should not feel them. It's what we then go on to do with them that makes a real difference to how we respond and manage these feelings.
3. Body Aware Self-Management
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To do this self-management requires — roll of drums, fanfare of trumpets — consciousness. Yay for consciousness!
We also need to be taking good quality food supplements. I recommend Zinzino.
Where do I find out more?
If you want a very readable book that introduces polyvagal theory and therapy have a look at Deb Dana’s The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy.
REMEMBER - it's completely natural and OK to feel like this - at first so we register there is a problem
There's lots we can do it's about finding the commitment and space to start off the process. It's widely known now that it takes 21 days to create and keep a good habit/routine so it sticks as a part of our life. Use and help you define what is really important to you. mindfulness on a regular basis with my WellBeingBlend Aromatherapy blend to ANCHOR your new positive thoughts and messages.
As we get insights into where your Anxiety came from we are able to take away the power of your anxiety and stop it messing you up.
We are always helped by thinking thoughts full of love and heartfelt appreciation for ourselves.
YES we can all do this - even if, at first we don't believe it, thinking loving thoughts will short circuit those critical wounding thoughts you are having now. Feel strong inside and let those around you think what they want to think - cos we are feeling good about ourselves.
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