92: Nervous System Overwhelm: Notice the Signs, Polyvagal Theory Basics, and 12 Tools Towards Healing Trauma, Depression, Shut Down, and Overwhelm
This episode is a rerun of a previous episode on The Embody Podcast while I am on a short restorative hiatus.
When you’re depressed, paralyzed, shut down, or dissociated — knowing what is happening can support healing and a compassionate look at the body and how it’s trying to protect us and adapt. This episode is a practical and scientifically-based discussion about understanding the basics of the nervous system in overwhelm or trauma. By noticing the signs, you can support your body in feeling more safety, resilience, and capacity with very basic tools.
We are so used to going in the hard stuff of our lives and overriding and pushing beyond what our bodies need. This can create an auto override and autopilot — are we really here in our hearts and bodies?
In this episode, I share many signs of nervous system overwhelm, 12 things to do to support and heal trauma, a bit of Polyvagal Theory and Somatic Experiencing, and the way our nervous systems can be affected in relationships. The more I have understood the nervous system, the more compassion I have been able to feel for others and humanity.
How can we understand our nervous systems through animal behavior? Find out in this episode. I also bring forward questions I like to ask myself: How much of me is here? Where is my awareness/what is the quality of it? How am I in my body?
Next week, I will share three experientials that are connected to this episode.
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5:41 Nervous System Overwhelm: The Freeze Response
8:04 Story Nervous System & Check-in for How Much Is Here Right Now?
15:00 Question for You: How Much of Me Is Here Right Now?
19:19 Let’s Talk About Polyvagal Theory
20:27 an Image to Understand Polyvagal Theory: The Lion and Gazelle
22:15 The Three States of Polyvagal Theory
24:26 The Nervous System Needs Safety — Even if the Threat Is Decades-Old or Not Even in Your Lifetime
25:39 What Are the Signs of the Freeze State?
29:35 Shifting Out of Freeze
31:32 Navigating the Body Between These States
32:14 Unresolved Trauma From Past Lives Is Part of This as Well
33:22 Relating Trauma to Depression
34:03 Healing at a Deeper Level: What Happens When You Come Out of Freeze State
36:42 Talking About Implicit Memory
37:29 Mention Past Life and the Deep Mystery Podcast Episode
38:40 Key Principle: Provide What Wasn’t Had
39:12 12 Tips and Tricks to Heal Trauma and Tonic Immobility
40:49 2) Touch Your Body From Head to Toe
41:43 3) Recognize That You Are Alive and Safe Right Now
42:28 4) Resource a Safe Person
44:06 5) Be With a Safe Person or Animal or Be in a Safe Place
44:35 6) Slowing Down Your Experience and Notice
46:16 8) Use Movement to Support Yourself / Shake Up the Energy
47:41 9) Run and Slow It Down
49:03 10) Reveal or Allow Anger
49:30 11) Practice Assertiveness
49:57 12) Tune Into a Moment That You Felt Like Yourself or Ok
54:09 Information Overload — Freeze State?
54:58 My Experience With These Tools and Signs to Look Out For
57:43 This Week’s Experientials (Will Be Next Week Instead of This Week)
58:45 I Didn’t Learn How to Do This on My Own: Connect With Someone
1:01:02 Outro: Ending With Something Light a Poem by Cameron Awkward Rich
1:03:00 13) Leaving You With Music