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Releasing stored emotions is pivotal to healing




Why emotional release?


Our autonomic nervous system is responsible for physiological processes such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, blood pressure etc. When we experience chronic stress, a mild emotional event, severe emotional conflict, trauma etc, the autonomic part of our brain will send traumatic impulses to our sympathetic nervous system. Our sympathetic nervous system is what kicks in and responds to dangerous or stressful situations. It's our fight or flight mode aka survival mode. Short term, it's needed e.g., to run away from a tiger. But it does shut down or supress systems such as digestion, immune system etc, so we can direct all our energy into running away (for example), so long term it is not great. During this time, a stress hormone cortisol is released, which, if elevated for prolonged periods of time, can damage cells. This can mean a struggling digestive system, struggling immune system, and lots of other issues, including cancer. So, releasing those emotions, like trauma, stress, and conflict is important, as well as creating new behaviours. It is detrimental to hold onto those emotions. We can release, and we can build resilience in our body through good food, a healthy lifestyle, and creating new behaviours and habits.



Tools to help release and heal


EMDR therapy

Myofascial release

Lymphatic drainage

Therapeutic breathing



Lifestyle factors to help build resilience


Nourishing mineral rich food

Good sleep

Sunlight

Movement

Implementing boundaries

Embracing nature

Have fun

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