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What every BODY is telling you

Jun 2, 2023

Firstly, apologies for the long absence from the blog. Life has been very busy with work and the arrival of a new baby into our family. As the dust settles a bit in my own life, a matter that keeps coming up in my therapy room is the mind body connection.

Understanding the effect of the mind on the body is really important for anyone who wants to get to the bottom on their anxiety or nerves. Whether it’s a case of getting tongue tied in social situations or experiencing terror before delivering a presentation, the same fight or flight mechanism is the root cause.

So why would we go into survival mode in those situations (see my blog on social anxiety)?

In both situations, the subconscious part of the brain is detecting a potential threat and getting you ready to either freeze, fight or run. Even though these responses are primitive responses that worked very well for your ancestors, and may have even worked well for you as a child, they are now getting in the way.

So faster than you can even think a thought, a threat signal is translated into the body with a release of adrenaline and other neurotransmitters that will send blood to the muscles often getting you ready to run. This will cause the hands to shake and cause the body to hunch forward, leading to shorter, sharper breaths as the diaphragm has less room to move. The arms will often go forwards or across the body, covering the vulnerable vital organs and neck; a typically defensive and closed posture.

You cant think clearly or rationally when you are in survival mode.

As you will have experienced at some point in your life, it’s not a nice feeling. There is a way to make things easier though.

Before your next large social event/interview/presentation you will remember that even thought the mind tells the body how to behave, the body can also tell the mind how to behave – it’s a 2 way system!

Try this exercise…

…stand up and hunch your neck and shoulders forward with tension, cross your arms or put them into your pockets. Lower your chin right down to your chest to cover up the neck. Now ask yourself how you feel. Do you feel confident and open, or defensive and closed off? Can you take nice big slow breaths into the stomach, or short shallow breaths up high in the chest. Do you feel relaxed or tense?

Now lift the chin right up and roll back the shoulders and relax the muscles of the shoulders and neck. Open the palms outwards and keep the space in front of your belly open and exposed…almost like you’re praying. Now ask yourself how you feel again. Notice the ability to take bigger, slower breaths. Do you feel closed off or open? Do you feel panicked or calm?

So here is the empowering take away – you have a lot more control over your feelings and your ability to be confident than you realised.

 

    Why not book a consultation now by calling 07401127872 or by messaging through the website?

    I offer therapy online or locally in Sheffield.

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