Regulating the Nervous System Through HeartMath – A Game Changer

Heartmath is an incredible website that has contributed wonderful tools to help folks with complex PTSD and other health problems support homeostasis within their nervous system. Not only that, heartmath has now made products that are user-friendly, enhancing a person’s sense of autonomy with being able to regulate anytime anywhere. This handy iPad/iPod device called…

Calming Your Nervous System with Kitty

If you don’t have a pet or you want to experiment with calming your nervous system simply turn on this app. Sit or lay down and listen to the purring. After a few minutes notice how you feel; Do you feel calm? You may even fall asleep! Click here for the app. Enjoy!

Mindfulness

Practising mindfulness daily can literally change your brain. With each mindful activity or meditation that you practice you are re-wiring your neuro pathways. Neurons that wire together, fire together. This is true for both negative and positive experiences. Practising mindfulness moves one into the optimal range of their nervous system, therefore, calming their nervous system….

Trauma and Your Teeth

Research shows that persons who have survived repeated trauma in their lives will have difficulty with dental procedures. Trauma and the dentist tend not to get along very well. First off, attempting to be vulnerable is never easy for a survivor of trauma, but what about being exposed in a dentist’s chair? Being vulnerable with…

Why Do I Dissociate?

Dissociation is a phenomenon that happens to a person when their nervous system is activated by a trigger in the present environment, that reminds a person of a traumatic incident from their past. Dissociation is part of the continuum of the freeze or immobilized state that a person may experience as part of an adaptive…

Self Destructive Behaviors

Why do we pick our skin? Why do we pick our scalp until it bleeds? Why do we pull our hair, bite our fingers nails until they are raw, bleeding and down to the bone? Why do we cut? Why do we starve ourselves? Why do we eat too much? Sometimes we play video games…

A Little Predator And Three Little Nervous Systems

Sitting quietly at the lake, I noticed three little girls peering deliberately, yet cautiously, down at what seemed like a bug. ‘Ew!’ shouted one girl. ‘What is it?’ asked the other girl. ‘Eek!’ shouted the other girl and then quickly lifted her head back. She then turned around and began running and screaming ‘run for…

Sergeant Amy and Sergeant Hippo: The Grand Fight

How Trauma Affects The Brain Let’s keep it simple. Well, it is the brain, so I am not sure how simple I can make this, but let me try to explain. When something traumatic happens to us, enough that we believe we might be in danger (or worse, die), our limbic system goes nuts. Let’s…