We need to take care of our bodies as we go through the recovery process.
- Yoga: Yoga helps us to get in touch with our bodies. During the 4F (flight, fight, freeeze, fawn) response to a threat, the body tightens and contracts. Stretching helps to resolve this.
- Singing: Relating to a song and getting lost in the lyrics can be an effective way to process our emotions.
- Expressing emotion: Tears can be very relieving. Toxins are released from our bodies in the tears when we cry. Toxins are also released by blowing your nose, as opposed to sniffing.
- Shaking: If you feel shaky, honour this feeling. Allow the body to shake. This is the body’s way of releasing the hormones that build up during a stressful and traumatic experience. It is better for these chemicals to leave your body.
- Comedy: If you keep a diary of anything that makes you laugh, then you will be able to look back at it whenever you feel like it. Laughter is a great stress buster.
- Journaling: Writing about what you are feeling and experiencing is another great way of processing what is going on and releasing stress.
- Making a Connection: Speaking to someone who you trust, who is validating and empathic, can help us to feel supported, understood, cared for and worthy.
- Breathe: Breathing can help us to process the sensations in our body and to help us to feel calm.
- Have Faith in the Process: Trust the natural healing process. We couldn’t possibly heal in one day, as this would be too much of a shock for the body to cope with. Trust that we receive what we need when the time is right.
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