I share ways to go from anxiety, burnout, adrenal stress to flowing with life! Through understanding the woman's body, the parasympathetic nervous system and oxytocin, the pleasure hormone. This is the way to find flow in life. There is no other way. Going from the fight or flight to the tend and befriend energy. These are the two nervous systems we have and we are in one or the other. Body awareness, truly embodying your emotions and sensing of your body is key to go from stress to flow.
Knowing what it feels like to be in flow, relaxation, parasympathetic nervous system is key. We can't think relaxation, we must be in a relaxed state in our body. We feel calmer, supported by life, gliding through things with is very different than panic state. I share a video on my site that offers a breath to practice and feel what this state of oxytocin is like in our body. You must learn to feel that and notice your body throughout the day to understand how to flow.
Our emotional nature supports us to feel our body and what is going on in it. Stress is constricting, creates panic so decisions, actions are chosen out of reaction and fear. Moving in the world in this way is unhealthy, scary even and the state I found myself in most of the time when I first learned all this. I didn't realize how stressed and tight I was. I didn't have a real body awareness and rarely felt relaxation. I may have thought I was in chill, maybe my mind was but not my body being. As the last 5 years have been anxiety filled with lots of change, I really learned how to flow no matter what conditions. How to be aware of my body, my emotions and only then could I shift into flow. If you aren't aware, you can do nothing but spin in adrenal cortisol.
This last week I hit many challenges. I had an anniversary of my dad passing, my ex-mother-in-law had a stroke, my friend had to put a dog down and asked me to be there and another friend and I were challenged in communicating. There were other regular life situations as well. I had that worry panic, sadness and just yucky situations and emotions I would rather avoid. Although I spent more time in adrenal stress which is advantageous for situations like this, I continued to seek balance and flow as I went through. I slept a lot in between. That is what the body requires when it is in heightened sympathetic nervous system. It exhausts us.
I didn't get upset that I was in this crazy state, I just noticed how my body felt, as soon as I could do something to support myself to calm down, get re-centered as I walked through each situation, I did. I found it easier to get through. It all was still hard but I didn't need to constrict my whole being the whole week. In finding moments to unwind and calm myself I could flow in clarity some of the time. Feeling my body tense, almost sick with anxiety made me find ways to shift.
I really listened to myself and cleared out what was an additional stress that I had control of. The others I could not control, Knowing what is in our control, what our body feels like and if we can shift the things we can control, to do so. Many times there is nothing in our control and we just have to move through as best we can. I also could of said "No I cant support you with your dog. " I am allowed to do the things that work for me despite what others think.
We need greater awareness of ourselves, our bodies, our emotions and listening to what they are telling us. If something constricts you every time you think of it, it is a sign to make a change . We are not to be running about in anxiety all day for it will create illness, especially for woman. We have to be aware of this feeling, how the body feels in it and learn to shift ourselves to the oxytocin as soon as we can. It provides clarity, detox from cortisol and a more flowing way to manage the world.
Our worlds will not get less stressful. We must get connected to ourselves, our lives, the things around us and the situations we put ourselves in. If they are not working, we need to find another way. If we can control them by leaving a situation or not supporting another it is very important that we do for our own health. Awareness supports knowing what we are in control of and what we are not. Noticing how the world effects our body is learned through really knowing your emotions. Finding ways to shift to flowing through. Most weeks are not filled with this deep, anxiety of extreme situations. We are responsible for our own joy, peace, calm and happiness among our world crisis!
Truly flow comes when we flow like water. Past obstacles, around things, by them, in fluidity. That takes awareness, adaptability, wisdom and being in charge of our field of reference. No need to get stuck too long on any rocks. If you do, notice and jump back in the stream. Do what you have to do and then find something beautiful, joyful, smiling to reset your state. It is the way of things that brings the greatest experience here.
Embody! Notice and shift! It's the path of least resistance that generates flowing with life!
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