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  • Natalie Dunbar | RYT-200

Self Regulation in the Aftermath of the Kavanaugh Proceedings

Today - Thursday, September 27, 2018 - if you have been left sad, confused, triggered, angry, upset or numb, know that you are NOT alone.

For some of us, the person carrying the title of president is enough to set off the sympathetic nervous system - the fight or flight response - over and over and over again.

But by far, today’s proceedings were like a horrific accident - one where you don’t want to look, but you can’t look away.

So if your heart is racing, your breath is shallow, your mouth dry...if you feel the urge to weep, shout or cry... know that you are absolutely *not* alone.

Take a moment right now to visually consider your space - in your home, your car (while safely stopped, please), even in a classroom or store or restaurant, or on public transport - look all around you. Look above and below, and behind. Get familiar comfortable with your surroundings.

If you can do so safely, rub your hands together to create warmth. Then place your hands over your heart as a way to usher in self love and care.

Ground down under your feet (if sitting or standing), or underneath your sitting bones, or if laying down, allow your back body to be received and supported by whatever is underneath you - floor, rug or bed.

If not driving, close your eyes, and if it feels comfortable to do so, maybe place your palms over your closed eyes.

Breathe fully and deeply here. Full inhalations and exhalations.

You may even notice that your breathing is slowing down a bit.

This place, where the parasympathetic nervous system - or the rest and digest state - is activated, this place is safe. It is welcoming. And maybe it is where you want (or need) to be.

And if this isn’t enough, and if what you really need is to talk, yell, scream or cry in a safe space, I am here for you.

Take the time for self care, my sisters and my brothers. Especially now. And always.

Wherever you are in your journey, I wish you peace.


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