What is being dys-regulated exactly? I don't even know if that is a real word...
Basically, I believe it is when our Parasympathetic and Sympathetic system get out of whack.
When our nervous system is un-interrupted and healthy, we can naturally regulate ourselves. Animals do it too. They often will freeze or run when under attack, and literally shake to "shake it off".
There are many ways that we can regulate ourselves, it means that we are not living in our limbic system.
What is the limbic system? It is comprised of several parts of our brain, it has to do with emotions like fear, pride, and emotions that dictate our survival.
Anything that makes us lose our breath, fear for our lives, security, status and more, can trigger our limbic system to turn on, even into overdrive. It is meant to protect us. The cliche example is if you see a bear and you need to run. But, living like that constantly, leads to ill healthy and other problems. An example of this is also PTSD, Post-traumatic stress disorder, where our nervous system stays stuck with a charge. There are many good ways to help us get over PTSD, BUT we can also learn ways not to get it at all. By dealing with Trauma, in the present.
How do you like to balance or regulate yourself? We all have our favorite ways. You may not even realize you do it!
I found at the beginning of this how much working with people would help me regulate myself, I would have to, to be in the space to work and the human connection is healing both ways. So, it was a hard transition to not be in that space with my clients.
Another way I find helps is movement, doing familiar things, practices, like yoga for me, maybe it's reading a book you've read before, hugging a close one, walking in nature.. things that make us feel safe and give us a sense of autonomy. When we feel helpless or like we don't have a choice, it can even be damaging to our nervous systems. I have used my other vices too, like food, but the idea is to try and maintain a homeostasis. Sometimes that means, being sad, grieving life as it was, and that it may not be the same for awhile or ever. And actually, literally grieving for those who have died, are suffering or will suffer. It's about noticing what is happening, ask yourself how you feel, could be mental, emotional or physical. Do you feel jittery? Do you feel hyper, tired, overwhelmed, calm? Notice your body ? Do you feel defensive? Can you listen and let opinions wash over you? These are all clues to which part of your nervous system is more active.
Acupuncture, helps lower stress, by helping your body regulate itself, that is why it is so powerful. Our bodies do know, but can forget,and get stuck in patterns. I have seen amazing results with PTSD with Acupuncture, not as a replacement for good therapy, but powerful in the healing process, and getting the QI, energy, flowing.
Please share your favorite way to regulate yourself as well..
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Last week, I was allowed to go back to work, with some stringent protocols.
It was nerve-wracking, but also felt so good. I gave a few massages and did some Acupuncture Treatments,
I honestly felt happier then I had for awhile.
It's the human connection...
How is that not good for our immune system?
Even before this, mental illness was on the rise, due to people having less community?
What does feeling like you belong, or healthy touch do for us?
One study shows, that positive touch stimulates our Pre-frontal cortex, and those of you that know me well, know that I am all about that! And it soothes our stress response.
So, what do we do now, that we are supposed to stay away from people?
What is that doing to us?
How can we connect?
Tips for staying sane:
1. If you are not high risk, book yourself a massage.
2. Increase your affection with those that are in your vector/ family/ pick up to three friends to be in your vector. Hug those.
3. Exercise every day, moving your blood increases your serotonin, even if it is a gentle walk or stretching. Get that blood flowing, it will help your brain and increase endorphins.
4. Meditation, is shown to help decrease our stress response, join my self paced meditation series, on how to reduce anxiety here.
5. Support yourself with vitamins and good nutrition. Vitamin D, selenium, Vitamin C, the omega fatty acids, B Vitamins are key. If you want assistance with those, get in touch with us.
6. Do things that you enjoy (even if they aren't productive).
7. I recommend doing things that are comforting, perhaps something you have done for awhile, or want to pick back up. I just bought some paddle boards, so I have something to look forward to this summer. That helps increase dopamine and excitement.
8. Positive affirmations, thoughts, words, help our brain wire for positivity. If we can't muster that, the simple gratitude help.
9. Online groups, happy hours or communities that your relate to, can help us feel like we belong and aren't as isolated. I usually do a sunday brunch for mother's day and we did it online, it was great fun, and kept a habitual tradition alive.
10. Smile. Laugh, Dance, experience your emotions.
We need to create habits that helps us persevere during this for the long haul.
It is hard not to feel afraid during these times, especially in my profession for many reasons.
But, it does not help us to feel afraid.
Fear is related to the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine.
The Kidneys, are "the root of life."
The Kidneys store our essence, our essence is our back-up, our constitution. We all have unique constitutions, which is why Chinese Medicine is so powerful because we treat everyone as an individual.
Our immune system (click to watch a brief video) in Chinese Medicine is rooted in the Kidney Yang.
We are made of Yin and Yang.
The Yang is the warming protective energy of our body.
When we experience excessive fear, that draws and depletes our Kidneys, you equate it to Adrenal Fatigue, as when we are stressed, cortisol spikes in our bodies, and our adrenals get fatigued over time.
Cortisol is really there for emergencies, like if you need to run from a bear. Read this newsletter for some great resources. When Cortisol is spiked for long periods of time it starts to break down our immunity.
So, what can we do ? Breathe. Move, gently if you must, hydrate, rest. Unplug if you need to.
Focus on your sense of safety. We have some great Meditations available on this website for you.
The lungs and Kidneys have a relationship.
The Kidneys receive the breath from the Lungs. So when we have trouble breathing sometimes it is a lack of Kidney qi being able to "grasp the qi " from the Lungs, so then the qi reverses and we can't breath.
So, imagine if you are very afraid. Most of us can relate to that, if you have ever had a panic attack, then you know that feeling.
Let's imagine breathing deeply, maybe you can imagine your diaphragm expanding. You could even picture your lungs and kidneys, that they communicate. Imagine, your breath filling your kidneys, and your kidneys rising up to protect your lungs.
Otherwise, Hydrate with warm waters, teas and soups.
In health and wellness,
In light of certain events, here are some great immune boosting tips!
I believe in our immune systems.
- Now, I am not saying to go hop on a train to China today or anything.
But, do things to help your immune system, and if you are nervous it helps to realize, how viruses work, and how co-infections happen.
I have asthma and I do have to be careful with respiratory illnesses, so for one, do things to
strengthen your lungs.
1. Walking, exercise is highly detoxifying, our blood is powerful, it cleanses our bodies for us.
2. Liver Health, avoid too much alcohol, start your day with lemon and/or apple cider vinegar. Lemon is alkalizing and disease and bacteria do not like an acidic environment. Lemon is so great for liver, it is astringent as well and helps us to stay hydrated.
3. Drink Water- Water is so powerful! We are made up of at least 80% Water! Also water is cooling , hydrated lungs and tissues are way less susceptible to damage!
4. Take Vitamin C! Vitamin C helps our body make more White blood cells which help to strengthen our immunity!
5. And yes.. Wash your hands!
6. Get Acupuncture ! The immune system in Chinese Medicine is called the Wei QI, this is a protective energy that circulates our bodies just above the skin. If your QI is strong, a pathogen can't enter.
If a pathogen does get through the stronger the internal QI of our body is the easier it can push the pathogen out, and/or we can heal faster.
7. Viruses enter our cells and change the DNA, or cause damage, that is why there isn't much that can be done except support our bodies once we have it. BUT, there are many amazing chinese herbs that are anti-viral, that can help boost your immunity. Usually we use herbs to both strengthen your body and kill the virus, or push it out of your body. We can customize formulas for you, or right now I am taking an anti-viral every day to protect myself.
8. Avoid SUGAR! Sugar creates acidity in the body, and guess what? Bacteria FEED on sugar! So I highly recommend staying away from sugar to boost your immunity. (this helps to prevent co-infections)
9. A segway, our gut is our first line of defense, so the healthier we are eating the better. What are a few tips, eat soup, healthy fats and proteins, limit complex carbs as they are the same as sugar.
10. REST, when you are tired, take a nap, go to bed earlier, watch a movie. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.
When we are tired, we need more Qi, you can take a gentle walk, stretch or rest. Your body will tell you what you need.
11. Get sunshine! Sunshine is a perfect example of the Yang in Chinese Medicine, warming, protective, very important for immunity! And energizing!
12. I LOVE essential oils, I use doTERRA, Onguard. Read more and order doTERRA here. I use the handwash, cleaner and have been diffusing them religiously. They are very powerful and one of their main strengths is to help boost our immunity. Why? Plants make them to protect themselves here. You can order them here, or message me, and I will hook you up.
13. Yoga. I LoVE yoga. I get sick so much less when I practice regularly. Yoga is a full system meant to detoxify us, keep us strong and healthy. One, you breathe deeply, strengthening the lungs, many poses cut off blood flow and then increase it, this flushes blood through our organs, lymph system, muscles and glands.
14. De-Stress. Make your mental health a priority, the less stressed we feel, the more optimistic, the brighter our SHEN (spirit/mind in Chinese Medicine? - the stronger our vitality and will are.
These are just a few tips for immunity, that give you a stronger chance of staying healthy and if you get sick, recovering. This doesn't mean we don't get sick, but it helps our body to defend itself on it's own . The human body is truly amazing. If you are immunocompromised, then you know the measures you must take, if you suspect you are ill the CDC recommends you also stay home, rest and call your Doctor.
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There can be a lot of reasons why we feel tired?
We live in a society where PUSHING is given accolades.
Sure, we may feel tired if we need some Vitamin D, or Iron, or have adrenal fatigue, or eat too much sugar.
But what if we are actually TIRED?
What if we rested when we tired?
What would that be like for you?
One of the reasons we offer longer sessions here is to let people rest. It takes 28 minutes for the energy to circulate through body.
What can we do to help re-set ourselves?
Basically we need to find ways to quiet our fight or flight systems, so we aren't in chronic stress.
Any time that we don't feel safe, it ignites our fight or flight system, our limbic system.
The newer more evolved part of our brain is the PFC, or pre frontal cortex, or Neo Cortex.
What if your body is trying to tell you something?
If you listened to your body, what would it tell you?
Would you need more fun in your life? Creativity?
What could you do for yourself ? Do you need a little cat nap every day? Eat less sugar?
I invite you listen to one thing your body has to tell you.
Compassion, Empathy, Problem solving are all emotions of our more evolved brain.
Also, if you feel tired, please find a way to rest, maybe it's a walk in the sunshine.
#acupunctureforwellbeing #peace #restfullife