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Have you felt like you've been checking a lot of the boxes but still don't feel like you're making much progress in your healing? Today's conversation discusses the difference between in-the-moment nervous system regulation tools vs having a more regulated nervous system overall. The reality is, there’s no amount of healthy living, reactive regulation, or vagal toning exercises that can take the place of setting boundaries in toxic relationships, putting people in your life who cherish you, or trauma processing work. Additionally, here's no amount of talking or healing work that can create nervous system regulation when you're getting 5 hours of sleep a night, nutriently depleted, under or over exercising, and so on. It all plays a role. Join me in this conversations where I talk about various psychological, relational, envirnomental, physiological, and so on factors that contribute to cultivating a regulated nervous system. Hit play to learn more!
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✨ 3 Takeaways from this episode:
Awareness: Is this a piece of my healing puzzle? Were there early patterns of protection? Do I have predictably regulating relationships in my life now?
You can change patterns of protection that no longer serve you. Like you’ve heard me say before – none of us had the luxury of waiting until we were adults with context to write the rules on how to stay safe and get our needs met, a tiny version of yourself did. We all have patterns of protection that no longer apply to the current day reality of our life. In our practice we help our clients repattern through a mixed approach of nervous system regulation and somatic parts work, also called IFS or integrated family systems. We’d love to work with you, obviously, but if you prefer to stay in the therapy world a modality I love love love to help with childhood patterns is IFS, so look for a IFS or integrated family systems trained therapist.
Loneliness is a major aspect of depression. We find purpose in our social connections and when our belonging needs aren’t met, we feel less meaning in our everyday lives. Loneliness can read as a life-threat to your nervous system putting it into a shut down state. If this is part of what you’re experiencing, how can you cultivate a sense of connection? Is there someone organically in your life you can lean into? If not, where can you seek out that connection? A therapist, coach? My RISE community might be a great place to start if you’re looking for something with a low upfront commitment – there’s a sliding pricing scale and it's month to month, you can cancel anytime. But you need humans to support your healing.
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