For the last day of #MEAwarenessWeek, I wanted to share this resource.
This infographic looks at what happens to us when we find ourselves put under stress greater than what we can currently deal with.
Our first response to stress is to activate our fight/flight response system to either fight the stressor (a bully or a work deadline) or run away from a stressor (a difficult conversation or a meeting you don’t want to do).
If however, if you can’t fight or run away, the body does a third option, it freezes.
Freezing is a survival mechanism driven by our nervous system to lessen the impact of whatever is happening. (Think a child that lives in a house where there is a lot of fighting but can’t leave or sexual assault).
As you will see at the bottom of the picture it talks about hypoarousal, where the body becomes numb, frozen, spacey and zoned out.
Sounds a lot like ME and #chronicfatigue right?
That’s because in chronic fatigue and ME, the body is in a chronic state of freeze.
In M.E. there are often other symptoms too, such as digestive issues, muscle pain and poor cognition.
Whilst all of these appear to be physical symptoms that would have physical causes, they too are adaptions by your body to survive.
This is why M.E. requires an integrated approach that explores the mind-body connection.
Like the diagram shows, when there is unresolved trauma, we are easily triggered into hyper and hypoarousal. This means, our bodies are constantly responding with their chosen survival mechanisms of being over active or shutting down.
With Mind Detox, we work with a person’s unconscious mind, where all their memories and autonomic responses come from. When we do a Mind Detox we are able to quickly and painlessly heal our relationship to a traumatic event so a person’s body no longer needs to respond to it.
Using something like Mind Detox, a talking therapy to heal the often hidden cause of chronic problems, we are able to reprogram the mind to respond differently and in a much more healthy way to the same stimulus.
It results in a huge amount of stress being lifted, a much healthier relationship to life and a naturally greater window of tolerance.
It may take several sessions to look at several causes.
Examples of traumatic experiences from previous clients include a parent leaving, being afraid of an uncle or feeling unloved in the family. In all cases, it isn’t necessarily what happened, it is why what happened was a problem for us. This is what we work with (and will be unique to everyone).
I couple this with meditation and other healing techniques that allow the mind and body to return to a state of harmony.
If you or someone you know is affected with M.E., please share this resource with them. Whilst it can feel like an insurmountable challenge, many people do recover from M.E. and return to full health, myself being one of them.
Curious to know more about Mind Detox? Watch this video of a client session: https://youtu.be/ZzRJHwS_aU0
To book a Mind Detox with me, or find out about Health Coaching visit: www.minddetoxtw.co.uk