Search

This Fucking Smoke and Ash

Well, today was better, but the last week has been horrible. When lightening first struck CA starting so many fires, there was a lot of PTSD being ignited (pardon the pun). The color of the sky, the sun being shaded by the new thick smoke, and the ash falling were triggers for many people. Both firefighters and law enforcement, and many of my clients who lived through the fires of the last few years.

Why do we get triggered?

The amygdala is an almond shaped area in the very base of the brain-it's our lizard brain- and it is responsible for keeping us alive. It regulates our autonomic systems as well as our fight-flight response. I call it the fire alarm...it alerts us when there might be danger. So, when our body senses anything in our environment that reminds us of danger, past or present, it alerts us. Because it is responsible for life and death, it can also be very difficult to regulate.

In order to regulate we need to use our pre-frontal cortex, the "newer" part of the brain that can filter what we are sensing and let us evaluate risk. So doing the things that use our executive functioning-reading, problem solving, talking, writing...they all may help.

Other regulating strategies include anything we might do to calm an upset little baby. Rocking, swaying,singing,skin to skin contact...these all work for adults also. Also any Bi-lateral movement, walking, running, swimming, tapping & Bi-lateral music ( you can find it on youtube) With an infant we would also check in with the babies hunger, temperature and tiredness. We must learn to do these things for ourselves, or ask for what we need from those we trust.

Check in-Move-Connect





19 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Use this link to check out my webinar on stress and trauma. email movingthroughthefire@gmail.com for link mhttps://www.canva.com/design/DAE3a4DI7BE/5IMLVkMCGJRtnpX_qGEiRQ/view?utm_content=DAE3a4DI7BE&