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Moving Forward in Nervous System Regulation: Getting Unstuck



When I found myself entrenched in the maze of nervous system dysregulation, I felt utterly

stuck. It's a peculiar feeling — as if time stands still, yet everything around you moves at a dizzying pace. The sense of isolation was overwhelming. It's essential to acknowledge these feelings are valid. Many have experienced similar sentiments, and the path to healing often begins by recognizing this emotional impasse.


Signs of being stuck or dysregulated can manifest in various ways—feeling chronically fatigued, unable to concentrate, or experiencing heightened anxiety or depression. These signs often signal a roadblock in our healing journey, underscoring the importance of acknowledging and addressing them head-on.


Though everyone is unique in WHY they are stuck, there are a few principles that can help guide your journey toward regulation.


1.Recognizing Being Stuck:

The first step to getting unstuck is recognizing that you are, indeed, feeling stuck. Sometimes, our instinct is to ignore or push aside these feelings, but acknowledging them is crucial. It's okay not to have all the answers right away. Simply acknowledging the stagnancy can be the catalyst for change.


2. Starting Imperfectly:

Perfection can be a paralyzing illusion. Waiting for the perfect moment or opportunity only prolongs the feeling of being stuck. Embrace starting imperfectly. Begin even if you're uncertain, for the journey forward often involves a series of imperfect steps.


3. Starting Small:

Shift the focus to the small elements of your life. Little lifestyle changes, like monitoring caffeine intake, maintaining hydration, and ensuring better sleep, can make a profound difference. These seemingly insignificant adjustments can be the building blocks for substantial change.


4. Seeking Guidance and Support:

Sometimes, getting unstuck requires guidance or support. Don't hesitate to seek help. It might involve a conversation with a trusted friend, a therapist, or someone experienced in mental health guidance. This step can provide insights and perspectives to aid in moving forward.


5. Explore Mindfulness and Self-Compassion:

In moments of feeling stuck or dysregulated, cultivating mindfulness can be a powerful ally. Through mindfulness practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or grounding techniques, you can anchor yourself in the present moment. This practice helps to detach from spiraling thoughts and emotions, fostering a calmer and more centered state. Pairing mindfulness with self-compassion allows you to approach yourself with kindness and understanding. Embracing self-compassion encourages the acknowledgment of your challenges without self-judgment or harsh criticism. By nurturing this compassionate outlook, you pave the way for a gentler and more supportive approach to self-care and healing.


Recognizing the feelings of being stuck, starting imperfectly, taking small steps, and seeking support can facilitate the journey towards healing and progress. However, if you still find yourself stuck, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to listen and support you, to understand where you're stuck, and to help navigate the path forward. You can book a session with me to help you navigate your healing journey here.


I hope this helps you to feel empowered on your healing journey.


Sending you so much love,

Carly

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