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Fight or Flight mode is supposed to be a phase that helps you to survive, it is not supposed to be a way in which you live. Living in a state of hyper vigilance does a number to your body and health. #fightorflight #hypervigilance #wellbeing #takeoffyourarmor #healingquotes #traumasurvivor #createsafeplaces.

Fight or Flight mode is supposed to be a phase that helps you to survive, it is not supposed to be a way in which you live. Living in a state of hyper vigilance does a number to your body and health. #fightorflight #hypervigilance #wellbeing #takeoffyourarmor #healingquotes #traumasurvivor #createsafeplaces ...

Burn out... far from being the result of someone who has little capacity to cope, its the result of strong people coping far too long under an incredibly heavy burden. It’s not that these people stoically push on and don’t ask for help, they often do repeatedly but help hasn’t arrived and so they break. The overload that happens impacts people mind, brain and body. The entire system shuts down and the pushing on strategy that has been utilized effectively for so long no longer works. The nervous system gets jammed with overload, too much input not enough output. The mind cannot think or retain information, the body is so exhausted that minimal effort depletes it, we feel numb, withdrawn and shut down and for good reason. The organism takes us to the place of rest and recovery that is so desperately needed. We cannot will ourselves back into optimal functioning after a few weeks. It takes months and sometimes years for the recovery process to return us back to our baseline. Burn out is just like any other trauma, it takes mind body restructuring and integrative practices to heal. The sensory imprints left behind by burn out trauma leaves us hyper vigilant to the triggers that set us off initially and until they are intentionally addressed and cleared can continue to leaves us neurologically vulnerable. When we address burn out from a physical, psychological and a neurological perspective we can finally return to optimal health, armed with self care strategies that are not self indulgent but self sustaining..

Burn out... far from being the result of someone who has little capacity to cope, its the result of strong people coping far too long under an incredibly heavy burden. It’s not that these people stoically push on and don’t ask for help, they often do repeatedly but help hasn’t arrived and so they break. The overload that happens impacts people mind, brain and body. The entire system shuts down and the pushing on strategy that has been utilized effectively for so long no longer works. The nervous system gets jammed with overload, too much input not enough output. The mind cannot think or retain information, the body is so exhausted that minimal effort depletes it, we feel numb, withdrawn and shut down and for good reason. The organism takes us to the place of rest and recovery that is so desperately needed. We cannot will ourselves back into optimal functioning after a few weeks. It takes months and sometimes years for the recovery process to return us back to our baseline. Burn out is just like any other trauma, it takes mind body restructuring and integrative practices to heal. The sensory imprints left behind by burn out trauma leaves us hyper vigilant to the triggers that set us off initially and until they are intentionally addressed and cleared can continue to leaves us neurologically vulnerable. When we address burn out from a physical, psychological and a neurological perspective we can finally return to optimal health, armed with self care strategies that are not self indulgent but self sustaining. ...

"For example, the men I described in chapter 11 who had been abused by pedophile priests. They visited the gym regularly, took anabolic steroids, and were strong as oxen. However, in our interviews they often acted like scared kids; the hurt boys deep inside still felt helpless. While human contact and attunement are the wellspring of physiological self-regulation, the promise of closeness often evokes fear of getting hurt, betrayed, and abandoned. Shame plays an important role in this: “You will find out how rotten and disgusting I am and dump me as soon as you really get to know me.” Unresolved trauma can take a terrible toll on relationships. If your heart is still broken because you were assaulted by someone you loved, you are likely to be preoccupied with not getting hurt again and fear opening up to someone new. In fact, you may unwittingly try to hurt them before they have a chance to hurt you." -Bessel van der Kolk, MD #thebodykeepsthescore #besselvanderkolk #ptsd #cptsd #traumaticstress #dissociation #did #addiction #fearofintimacy #fearofattachment #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #borderline #attachmenttrauma #childhoodtrauma #developmentaltrauma #traumainformedcare #traumainformed #healingcptsd #attachmentissues #codependency #anxiety #hypervigilance #fearoffailure #perfectionism #psychologicaltrauma #emdr #dbt #cbt #somaticexperiencing ...

This post is not about blaming my brothers but more about uncovering my programming from early childhood. It’s about searching deeply for the answers as to why I have lived in such pain because of this programming for the last 46 years. As I find the answers, I let go of those beliefs and create new ones. I am in charge of my life!! Anyone else had this experience with family dynamics? #cptsd #beatcptsd #reprogramming #abuse #beliefs #neuroplasticity #healing #recovery #siblings #trauma #change #hypervigilance #fight #flight.

This post is not about blaming my brothers but more about uncovering my programming from early childhood. It’s about searching deeply for the answers as to why I have lived in such pain because of this programming for the last 46 years. As I find the answers, I let go of those beliefs and create new ones. I am in charge of my life!! Anyone else had this experience with family dynamics? #cptsd #beatcptsd #reprogramming #abuse #beliefs #neuroplasticity #healing #recovery #siblings #trauma #change #hypervigilance #fight #flight ...

I have no interest in running from who I am anymore. This does not mean that I don’t, but I am making a conscious effort to stop myself when I want to. Since removing hard drugs and alcohol from my life, I have gotten creative with the ways that I am able to escape myself to avoid feeling what demands to be felt. – Recovery has taught me that you can only run so far before it all catches up to you. -- I am nearly three years into this healing journey of mine, and there are many days where I am left upset with myself, and the progress I am making. Today is not one of those days, and I am grateful for that, but I can’t help but keep a specific guard up as a way to protect myself from the darkness that likes to show up unexpectedly and cast a shadow over my hard work. – Life was much easier for me when I was able to drink the thoughts away, or swallow something that took me out of myself. Anything is easier when we choose not to deal with it, push it down, and forget that it exists. This can only last for so long, and we can only run for a certain amount of time before we are tired. – Regardless of if you are recovering from drugs and alcohol, we are ALL recovering from life, because with life, comes a certain level of pain. Whether we like it or not, that pain will have to be felt, and dealt with. -- By choosing to feel the highs and lows of life, we are making the choice to live courageously. To be ourselves and feel our own emotions, is an act of bravery against a world that tells us to be less than what we are. Now that is something to be proud of. – Thank you for reading. Thank you for staying. – HealingHopefuls.com ❤️ — #InMyOwnWords #MeganLawrence.

I have no interest in running from who I am anymore. This does not mean that I don’t, but I am making a conscious effort to stop myself when I want to. Since removing hard drugs and alcohol from my life, I have gotten creative with the ways that I am able to escape myself to avoid feeling what demands to be felt. – Recovery has taught me that you can only run so far before it all catches up to you. -- I am nearly three years into this healing journey of mine, and there are many days where I am left upset with myself, and the progress I am making. Today is not one of those days, and I am grateful for that, but I can’t help but keep a specific guard up as a way to protect myself from the darkness that likes to show up unexpectedly and cast a shadow over my hard work. – Life was much easier for me when I was able to drink the thoughts away, or swallow something that took me out of myself. Anything is easier when we choose not to deal with it, push it down, and forget that it exists. This can only last for so long, and we can only run for a certain amount of time before we are tired. – Regardless of if you are recovering from drugs and alcohol, we are ALL recovering from life, because with life, comes a certain level of pain. Whether we like it or not, that pain will have to be felt, and dealt with. -- By choosing to feel the highs and lows of life, we are making the choice to live courageously. To be ourselves and feel our own emotions, is an act of bravery against a world that tells us to be less than what we are. Now that is something to be proud of. – Thank you for reading. Thank you for staying. – HealingHopefuls.com ❤️ — #InMyOwnWords #MeganLawrence ...

One of my favorite quotes from an author I have recently come to love.  Its out of her book Daring Greatly.  The first book my therapist recommended and now Im deep into a 3rd book by her.  This quote is based on Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic” or sometimes referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” I have always loved that speech but until I read this book, it had a different meaning for me.  Maybe, because of everything Ive gone through the past year & continue to be going through, long held beliefs I have or in some cases-had, are shifting.  One thing that really hit home this week in my session was about vulnerability and redefining what makes up who I am, not just what I do.  I think for many of us, what we do defines who we are.  When people ask you to tell them about yourself, most will tell about what they do.  We dont generally lead with qualities or attributes we believe we possess.  That has been one of the hardest parts of this journey for me, is learning how to live a life I no longer recognize as my own.  All the things that have always made up “who I am” have been stripped away from me. Everything from the face I look at in the mirror everyday, to my go to hobbies & things I have always loved to do, like riding my horses have been put on hold.  Its hard to really look at yourself and be present when you feel like your life is standing still or on hold.  A life that will never be the same because even when/if the wounds heal, I will have come through this journey.  Its changed me, who I am and what I do.  I will forever be someone else, because of it. .📚
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#prettypinkacres #quotestoliveby #courage #findingstrength #roosevelt #brenebrown #live #daringgreatly #maninthearena #feedback #ptsd #hypervigilance #traumarecovery #growth #judgementalpeople #bestoftheday #therapy #healingenergy #ownit #whoareyou #lead #hatersgonnahate #tuesdaythoughts #doyou #blondescandoanything #vulnerability #realshit #wildheart #strongerthanyouthink #empathy.

One of my favorite quotes from an author I have recently come to love. Its out of her book Daring Greatly. The first book my therapist recommended and now Im deep into a 3rd book by her. This quote is based on Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic” or sometimes referred to as “The Man in the Arena.” I have always loved that speech but until I read this book, it had a different meaning for me. Maybe, because of everything Ive gone through the past year & continue to be going through, long held beliefs I have or in some cases-had, are shifting. One thing that really hit home this week in my session was about vulnerability and redefining what makes up who I am, not just what I do. I think for many of us, what we do defines who we are. When people ask you to tell them about yourself, most will tell about what they do. We dont generally lead with qualities or attributes we believe we possess. That has been one of the hardest parts of this journey for me, is learning how to live a life I no longer recognize as my own. All the things that have always made up “who I am” have been stripped away from me. Everything from the face I look at in the mirror everyday, to my go to hobbies & things I have always loved to do, like riding my horses have been put on hold. Its hard to really look at yourself and be present when you feel like your life is standing still or on hold. A life that will never be the same because even when/if the wounds heal, I will have come through this journey. Its changed me, who I am and what I do. I will forever be someone else, because of it. .📚 . . . #prettypinkacres #quotestoliveby #courage #findingstrength #roosevelt #brenebrown #live #daringgreatly #maninthearena #feedback #ptsd #hypervigilance #traumarecovery #growth #judgementalpeople #bestoftheday #therapy #healingenergy #ownit #whoareyou #lead #hatersgonnahate #tuesdaythoughts #doyou #blondescandoanything #vulnerability #realshit #wildheart #strongerthanyouthink #empathy ...

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I was medically discharged from the army 5 years ago due to #PTSD and #anxiety.

Throughout those 5 years, I've been trying to help as much people as possible without asking for anything in return.

Some were grateful, others took advantage. But, at the end of the day, I don't mind because I know I did good.

Why? Because I felt like life gave me a chance to continue moving forward, even if it's incredibly hard on a daily basis. Helping others is so much better than trying to be better than everyone else isn't?

Never give up!

Je me souviens.

#Veteran #Hypervigilance #Warwounds #Afghanistan #Trueself #Honesty #BeYourself #Volunteer #Teamwork #SupportOurTroops #SupportOurVeterans #Canada #Quebec.

I was medically discharged from the army 5 years ago due to #PTSD and #anxiety . Throughout those 5 years, I've been trying to help as much people as possible without asking for anything in return. Some were grateful, others took advantage. But, at the end of the day, I don't mind because I know I did good. Why? Because I felt like life gave me a chance to continue moving forward, even if it's incredibly hard on a daily basis. Helping others is so much better than trying to be better than everyone else isn't? Never give up! Je me souviens. #Veteran #Hypervigilance #Warwounds #Afghanistan #Trueself #Honesty #BeYourself #Volunteer #Teamwork #SupportOurTroops #SupportOurVeterans #Canada #Quebec ...

My wife and I have known each other since preschool. Grew up down the street. I stabbed her #schwinnstingray seat with an ice pick. She called me monkey boy in front of all my homies on the school bus ride home. #truelove #payedyheprice #27+years #behindeverymanisagreatwoman #growyourown #nospillarmy #fuckcancer #rescuedogs #pitbulls #cannabis #marijuana #mmj #prop215 #sb420 #hypervigilance.

My wife and I have known each other since preschool. Grew up down the street. I stabbed her #schwinnstingray seat with an ice pick. She called me monkey boy in front of all my homies on the school bus ride home. #truelove #payedyheprice #27 +years #behindeverymanisagreatwoman #growyourown #nospillarmy #fuckcancer #rescuedogs #pitbulls #cannabis #marijuana #mmj #prop215 #sb420 #hypervigilance ...