Shazziesviproom.com 🖤 A couple of days ago I broke my silence to my email list and told them what happened last summer. Unless I am forced to, I won’t make it fully public. But know that it left me scared for my life and deeply traumatised. In my quest to get my life and sanity back, I drank in all I could find about effective and fast trauma healing. I had already suffered at the time of the event, and there I was months later still suffering daily with emotional flashbacks, panic attacks and breakdowns. One of my friends told me of an EMDR practitioner who lives closeby. I’m about to have my second session with him and I feel better already. I have found deep healing and comfort in other modalities too. I’ve collected all this information and have teamed up with trauma psychotherapist Michele Paiva @paiva_helps_you_heal to bring you a six month book club Healing Our Trauma. Because through my searching, I came to realise I’ve lived my whole life in trauma. Even my birth was traumatic! I don’t know who I am without my trauma and you may be thinking the same. So let me ask you this question... WHO WILL YOU BE WITHOUT YOUR TRAMUA? Let’s find out together: Shazziesviproom.com 🖤🖤🖤 #timesup#timesupnow#cptsd#trauma#emdr#healtrauma#traumatherapy#stoptheabuse#domesticviolencesurvivor#domesticviolence#domesticviolenceawareness#domesticviolencerecovery
Today I woke feeling low and heavy (yes, therapists have these days too🙋🏻♀️). My morning hours contained a headache and general feelings of discomfort. By afternoon I knew what I needed to do (I have to practice what I preach!) - so off to the woods I went, to breathe deeply cold air, to walk mindfully on the crunching snow, to listen to sounds of birds and squirels scattering around the forest floor. Engaging my senses and grounding in the moment. While feeling the sun on my face, the wind reminded me this is a season of hibernation and settling and so I did my best to hold my heavy and low together, bringing self compassion and intention to where I carried this in my body and I walked. A shift was not immediate, however; by early evening I noticed that I felt more lifted and spaceous - it never fails to amaze me how much we can give back to ourselves when we listen to what our body and mind need - the hardest part is showing up! I wish you all moments of mindful listening, showing up and self compassion. 🌲❄️💛 #mindfulness # selfcare#compassion#nature#walking#mindfulmovement#traumatherapy#somaticexperiencing#cptsd#resilience#posttraumaticgrowth#grounding#senses#somatictherapy#somatic#winter#released
Gratitude check in...FRIENDSHIP
Friendship was not always easy for me. I used to be so deeply buried behind walls I constructed for survival, that my friends would become furious and exhausted with me! My distanced demeanor and cool “stoic” persona made people feel so unimportant. It broke my heart. I knew that they deserved more, but I couldn’t break through.
It took years and years of work, melting away my defenses through each new safe interaction with my therapist, working with plant medicines in deep therapeutic containers, and working with my body through exercise to release the energetic imprint of my traumas. Years of baby steps. The steps had to be small, so I could integrate. Large leaps in health would only increase my defenses and result in a contraction (cue self-sabotage).
I am deeply grateful that I am able to give and receive love after all those baby steps. I’m grateful that I can share laughter with my friends and tell them I love them and cry with them and expose my humanity. I’m grateful that they can feel my Love because I’m i afraid to show it. And most of all, I am grateful for those who have stuck with me and accepted me where I’m at over the years, even though it may have been quite to tough to be by my side.
Take time to notice your health an successes today 🙏🏽😘
And you can't tell who has experienced trauma or not just by looking at someone. Many trauma survivors get really good at hiding it. Some survive by excelling at everything and anything that they can. That's what we do sometimes to self-preserve. ⠀
It's also worth saying that many trauma survivors cultivate a great deal of healing around their trauma and land in a genuinely better place. So much better, that someone from the outside could look at them and think that they've never experienced anything hard.⠀
People across every identity and socioeconomic status can be haunted by experiences that would haunt anyone until they got some resolution around it. ⠀
For those of you doing a lot of hiding - I see you. I hear you. I don't judge you. Your pain is real and there is a strong coalition of people ready to be there for you.
A true statement from a great book.
There’s always a way, maybe a transformed way, so very different than you expected and even quite vulnerable.
And it’s still energy and will take a direction. So let it flow and transform. Accept the change.
Focus, direction, innercise.
Observe, take in, process, enjoy. Change continues to happen.
Take a break.
Breathe in.. while counting to four
Process... while counting to seven
Breathe out..while counting to eight
Repeat 3 times, and then process, while breathing deeply twice & observe how you are, now.
ShazziesVIProom.com 💜 I’m over the moon to be co presenting this six month book club “Healing our trauma” with the wonderful psychotherapist @paiva_helps_you_heal Michele Paiva... It’s just for VIPsters but you can join us on a special $10 a month rate. Just go to ShazziesVIProom.com for all the details. See you there 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 #trauma#cptsd#ptsd#healtrauma#emdr#traumatherapy
Who are your protective figures? They can be real or fictional, but they should provide a feeling of being emotionally and physically protected. This need for protection comes from our earliest attachment experiences which teach us about safety and trust. We all need these figures in our lives to help us feel less alone and that we are worthy of protection. This is Jake, well a much younger version of the senior rescue dog that I have today. In doing trauma work, I ask clients to think of protective, nurturing and wise figures to hold onto, especially for more intensive sessions. Many of clients select Jake as a protective figure to hold onto when working through difficult memories. It’s pretty amazing to me that dog with a history of being abused has become a symbol of overcoming trauma for many people who walk through my door. #attachment#tuesdaythoughts#psychotherapy#socialwork#psychotherapist#socialworker#psychology#trauma#traumatherapy#london#londonontario#londonont#londonontariocanada#londontherapist#londontherapy
Your story is not over; you might not yet know how it goes, but goes it does 😌;
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Today I did (at least) two brave things, two things I thought I couldn’t do at first
When greeted with the opportunity, my soul shouted “No thank you. Not yet.”
And then I took a break for awhile and, dear ones, when I came back to the invitation, I said “Maybe, let’s try.” And it was uncomfortable and I wanted to bail
Instead, I set the timer for 10 minutes (literally) and looked straight ahead into the wind for those 10 minutes
I did the thing! Twice! .
And now I’m more excited about having been brave than the things I did themselves
Be brave, dear ones, then smile gently at yourself because you were
Coined by Psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004, Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January every year. Many criticize Blue Monday for placing extra pressure on those already struggling with a Mental Illness and in some ways, I have to agree. While many of us struggle with "post holiday blues" , any day can be difficult for us-- not just a Monday. I do appreciate the attention surrounding mental health received on this day; however, let's be sure to continue the discussion of mental health every day! You matter Every. Single. Day! If today is tough, be kind to yourself and give yourself the space you need to heal and grow. If you are looking for ways to find comfort in today (or any day), read our latest blog post about safe spaces.
Link in bio. Like, share, and comment your experiences with safe spaces and mental health. #bluemonday#selfcare#havecourageandbekind#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#socialwork#socialworklife#socialworkers#socialworkmatters#traumatherapy
Day 1. I took about SIX weeks off. My heart has been heavy lately ... consumed with grief as I process trauma and major changes in my life. Today we “reset the clocks” in our challenge groups for our 80 day challenge, and as some prepare to do the most advanced program we’ve ever released, I made my own calendar to reflect where I am at in my journey. The next 80 days are all about self care, self love, recovery and release. Consistent, but not too intense. Not this time. I’m also adding meditation to my morning routine (1 week in now), posture stretches (my massage therapist yesterday finally got through to me on this 😝), and rebounding (this is great for circulating lymph and detoxing, but it also makes me HAPPY). It’s just an extra 15 min or so for these but makes such a huge difference :) more in my IG stories @chanellejumper.fitfoodie
Have a great day!!
Autonomic nerves —sympathetic and parasympathetic—regulate much of the body without one's conscious knowledge. Sympathetic nerves branch from spinal nerves and form a chain that sends fibers to the organs. Parasympathetic nerves, including the important vagus, usually reverse the action of sympathetic ones. The afferent nerves are responsible for relaying sensations from the body to the central #nervoussystem (CNS), while the efferent nerves are responsible for sending out commands from the CNS to the body to stimulate muscle contraction.
Both have communication “hubs” in the form of ganglia, which are further grouped into ‘plexes’ - long considered the “nerve brains” that register a substantial amount of neural information. In the case of parasympathetic fibers, the quality at which these relays operate is crucial in determining body presence and recovery.
There are five spinal nerve plexuses—except in the thoracic region (the solar)— which serves in the forms of autonomic plexuses, many of which are a part of the enteric nervous system.
5 Spinal (Sympathetic Plexuses):
Cervical Plexus—Head, Neck and Shoulders.
Brachial Plexus—Serves the Chest, Shoulders, Arms and Hands.
Lumbar Plexus—Serves the Back, Abdomen, Groin, Thighs, Knees, and Calves
Sacral Plexus—Pelvis, Buttocks, Genitals, Knees, CalvesFeet
Coccygeal Plexus— (internal organs) ⏫
* Celiac #plexus (solar plexus)—Serves internal organs.
* Auerbach’s plexus—Serves the gastrointestinal tract.
* Meissner’s plexus (submucosal plexus)—Serves the gastrointestinal tract.
Notice the suspensitory ligaments interwoven to fixate the nerves and aorta to the spine and surrounding structures. 😲
Black puppies are hard to capture in photos...joy is not. A well-populated beach is one of our favorite places to go. Morgan must say hello to EVERYONE—dogs and humans—and chase every seagull. He never runs off more than 50 yards ahead and always looks back to make sure I haven’t disappeared. He gets joy out of these adventures and I bathe in joy as I watch him play. Tonight, my heart rests happy and full. Where did you find JOY today?
#SanctuarySunday#SancturyModel#traumatherapy TheVillage utilizes The Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care as a blueprint for clinical and organizational change that promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. There are seven commitments of Sanctuary. Growth and Change is our Sanctuary Commitment of January TheVillage Sanctuary Tip of the Week is "Growth and Change is having courage to face the things that scare you."
Take a look at the lovely faces of the presenters we have lined up for our conference on April 7 from 9:30-2:30 at Richmond Heights Community Center! We have the proposed draft of our line up planned out! Check it out!
Morning Agenda: (Subject to Change): 9:30-10:30: ACES/Trauma Informed Clinical Care by Anu French
10:30-11:30: Creating Virtual KHAOS Mindset by Candice Murrell Cox and Julie Johnson, M.Ed: Taking Khaos Mindset into a Virtual Therapy Model to make wellness more accessible to teachers, police officers, parents and students with challenging behaviors.
11:30-12:30: Lunchtime Outbreak Sessions/Networking (more to come on this)
12:30-2:30: Body/Movement Focused Workshop by Carrie Burnett and Victoria Emanuela Pozyczka. Topics: Trauma Informed Yoga and Somatic Experiencing///////// Check our the link in our comments on the multi-level ticketing options and to register.