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May 2nd

Trauma processing

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The nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, is connected by nerves. The nerves run through the entire body.
The nerves provide connections between the different brain areas and also between the brain and the rest of the body. The nervous system is subdivided into the central, peripheral and autonomous nervous system.
The central nervous system is the basis for the functioning of the entire nervous system and therefore for the functioning of the entire body. The brain and spinal cord are connected to the rest of the body through a network of nerves, in this way, signals are transmitted in the central nervous system.
Information is processed, selected and possibly stored by the brain. When action needs to be taken, the correct signals are sent.
A trauma can disrupt this effect.

Because of the functioning of the nervous system, you can come in 3 stages. You are able to switch between these stages. If you understand in what stage you are, you are able to change this.


Polyvagal theory

The polyvagal theory assumes three stages:

  1. The ‘fight or flight’ stage. You are always ready to tackle any setback, you never rest, your heart rate will be a little higher than usual and your breathing is a little restless. All this costs energy.
  2. Dorsal vagal: Not being able to do anything, collapsing. You get nowhere, you are dragging your feet and your heart rate and breathing are irregular.
  3. Ventral vagal:

You feel safe and social. You have an even heart rate and a calm breathing.

How can you ensure that you are more often in the Ventral vagal stage?
The nervous system needs to be relaxed, for example by nature walks, meditation or breathing quietly from your lower abdomen. You can also do this by drinking chamomile tea and not consuming coffee or sugar, because coffee and sugar activate your nervous system.

What do you need to get in the Ventral vagal stage? How can you get there if you are in the fight or flight stage or in the passive stage? When you observe how you move from one to another stage in a day, you van learn to grasp in which stage you are.

I help people to recognize in what stage they are. I provide tools for getting to the Ventral vagal stage more often. Because the more often you feel safe and social, the stronger you become. This will make you more stable.

I often teach people that putting on a warm sweater makes them feel comfortable and secure.
Sometimes it helps to tell yourself that you don’t have to worry, because you now have enough experience to handle life without fear.
Like this, there are tools that can give you guidance. Together we can find out whatever will work for you.

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