Surviving Survival Mode

Many people are going through intense times right now. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or a relationship, an illness or dramatic change in life circumstance, or a sense of hopelessness and despair, these times of trial can feel overwhelming. Sometimes even positive change can bring significant stress. Survival mode is characterized by a constellation of physical and emotional reactions.

In survival mode you often alternate between adrenaline and cortisol overload and exhaustion. Your normal cycles of sleeping and eating can become imbalanced. You lose your emotional balance as well.

Sometimes you field of vision becomes limited. You filter out only the information and experiences that are most relevant to your immediate functioning. You can’t make time or space for what feels extraneous. Even when your lives used to be brimming with work, activities and friends, now you need to cocoon and conserve precious resources to get through the metaphorical harsh winter. 

Conserving resources and very consciously paying attention to self care is one of the best ways to survive survival mode. We tend to hold ourselves to the standard of how life was “before.” Let that go temporarily. Pay attention to what your body needs right now. Food, rest, comfort, supportive companionship. What can bring you small measures of peace in the storm?

Let me know if I can provide more personalized help with this, both practically and on an energetic level. Surviving survival mode with grace, can be an important part of our personal evolution. 

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or comments, or to schedule a session.

Wishing you a peaceful heart,

Mara

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