Watch for my “CALM: How to Thrive in Challenging Times” ebook and print, available soon.
See interview with therapist Katy Luallen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTnZMBpABcI
She advises when a “fire alarm” goes off in the back of the brain that feels afraid, put your attention on the prefrontal cortex behind the forehead asking it to act as a rational filter. Ask, “Am I safe now?” (It helps to put your hand on the forehead.) Moving your body by exercising and being outside are especially effective because al lot of anxiety and trauma occurs when we’re stuck and feel powerless. Just the act of moving tells the brain, ”I’m not stuck. I have a way of moving though this.” Putting your feet on the ground literally helps get grounded. (My personal coping reaction to any upset is to take a walk.) Overall, she suggests that we practice kindness to ourselves and others, being grateful for the people doing the hard work to keep us healthy, and recognize that the earth is saying “You’ve got to take a break.” Pollution definitely diminished during the pandemic.