We all deserve resources because all HUMANS fall down. When we fall down, we can directly support our RESILIENCE so we get back up faster, with less bruising. There are tried and true ways of showing up for ourselves, for making our hearts more capable in a moment that is difficult. As collaborators in Healing Justice, we uplift tools to develop somatic awareness, self regulation, peer support, and impactful encouragement for loved ones. Below in ORANGE are links to tools and ways of practice. Spend time in small groups or on your own exploring each of these resources. Content on this website is provided for education and information purposes only and is not intended to replace or substitute direction from a health professional.
Get to Know YOU Better with writing prompts for self-reflection. There are tried and true ways of showing up for ourselves, for making our hearts capable of getting back on the horse. Self-reflection is by far the best of the best tools for nurturing your resilience and self-confidence.
We can use this tool to get to know our emotional self better. We can use this same tool to support our peers and loved ones with curiosity.
Healing Justice promotes the sentiment that resilience can trump trauma. That’s oversimplified but clear. On a seesaw, if you put more weight on one end, the other end will lift up. When we put more resilience attributes into our wellness practice the impacts of trauma can lift up.
A hope box is a collection of items or images that motivate your heart to remember hope. It is a well established resource tool for emotion wellness because it works. Images and visualization are innate HUMAN compass, what we see helps recall memories that can elevate hope. Learn how to create a hope box today, then use it often to elevate resilience.
Emotional distress is always a biological reaction. Your autonomic nervous system is “triggered” and your body is stuck while your brain is trying to figure out if you should run, hide, or play dead. We never stay here, our bodies will recover because we are innately resilient. But for many of us, this feels really scary. To move out of this hijacked state sooner you can ”hug” your nervous system. This is done in ways most of us have never heard of... so try these “hacks” and see what works best for your body. In this practice you will also become confident that emotional distress is not nearly as catastrophic as we think it is!
Fear about what’s going to happen in the future is worry. When we have a worry habit, we are constantly thinking in order to be ready for whatever might happen. This worry habit is running while we are asleep or awake, and for many of us our brain is scanning the environment for danger, and we call this state of being hypervigilance.
To break free of this worry habit, to interrupt hypervigilance, we must get to know and trust our SAFE STATE. To truly feel safe when we are safe is much harder than it sounds. In the SAFE STATE meditation, we are paying attention to our body, and building trust that thinking is not necessary to be safe. Practice this meditation for 10-minutes each day to overcome the worry habit.
Visualization is one of the best ways to gain mastery over your mind-states. When we deal with big emotions our body hijacks us into a fear-mindset. To break free from this hostages state, we can visualize ourselves in a better place. Learn how, then practice for mastery.
If you have thoughts that visit your mind without your permission, we call these Intrusive Thoughts. If you have memories that produce images or videos that play without your permission, we call these Flashbacks. To halt intrusive thoughts or to interrupt flashbacks, we can train our mind to put this content into a container.
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