Overwhelmed – A Well of Opportunity

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overwhelm

So much going on in the world and in so many people’s lives right now. Sometimes it is all too much, and sometimes it is hard to see the way through. Moments like these are not usually fun, and we don’t choose these paths on any given day. Though these moments can shift our direction, give us opportunities to let go of things that are simply too hard to hold on to, and open perspectives that are too subtle to see at other times in our lives.

Being overwhelmed is a gift. A gift that demands our attention while we negotiate a ride we have no control over. A gift that takes all our energy and gives us the opportunity for true kindness. Not to others necessarily, but to ourselves.

In these times do we listen to our needs each moment and support ourselves without judgment? Do we witness ourselves being less than optimally capable of thought, of tolerance, of patience, of physical stamina and prowess? How do we support ourselves when we are not the shining star we want to be?

Times of overwhelm provide a true opportunity to give ourselves the love we need regardless of our performance or the outcome in the world around us. A time to re look at the commitments we make to ourselves. Deep down – do we give ourselves the love we give to babies? Do we withhold love until we achieve or earn it? Do we continually judge ourselves to make sure we don’t take a misstep? If we take a misstep, what does that do in the world, really? If we judge and withhold love from ourselves when we take a misstep, what does that do in ourselves and in the world, really?

Kindness to our neighbor, friend or stranger is a seed of love in the world. Kindness to our inner selves – giving comfort, reprieve, unconditional love and understanding, builds and grows our well of love that feeds us and gushes continually out to the world around us. A misstep may cause issue in your world and will give the receiver an opportunity to actively choose graciousness and compassion. Withholding love from ourselves, because of a misstep or a feeling that we do not deserve it yet, breeds internal conflict which dries up our well and requires us to search for love externally.

compassionWe can never collect enough seeds of kindness from others to sustain us (we can never give enough seeds to sustain them). Seeds are only effective if they grow in fertile soil that is watered from our own internal well. We don’t have control over much when we are overwhelmed, though we can take this time to feed our own well. Fill the cracks, remove the boulders, ultimately we will find our way to the other side and the water of life and love will fill our wells and flow over into the world around us again.

When we are overwhelmed, it may be too much and too hard to see where we are going. Though it is a unique opportunity to see how we treat ourselves and to cultivate a little self compassion that will sustain as we continually head into our future.

With Love and Respect,
Lisa Hastings
Dr. of Chiropractic
Multi Sensory Functional Integration

Feel like yourself again.

Healing from Trauma without Trauma

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We are all affected by trauma at various points in our life.  Whether that trauma be physical or emotional, it can affect every part of us: how we relate to others, how we carry our bodies, how we view ourselves, how we process pain, etc.

Whatever the trauma is, however, and whatever the symptoms are, we want healing.  We want healing soon.  And because of this desire for healing, we often turn to aggressive approaches that can be, in and of themselves, traumatic.

Here is an important lesson, however, that I have learned over and over through my experience helping those from trauma: Trauma only heals in the absence of trauma.

In other words, the safer your environment, the more trustworthy your people, the more loving you are to yourself, and the more peace that your body feels, the more likely healing will be.

Groundbreaking work done by Dr. Karyn Purvis shows the efficacy of fostering safety and connection in children from the worst backgrounds.  It is not hard to see how these techniques can apply to adults as well.

This is what we are about at Clear Point Wellness. We create a peaceful space, a safe place, and only non-traumatic approaches for healing.  If that is what you are looking for, come check us out.

Dr. David Jones
Chiropractor in Austin TX
Focusing on trauma release in the body

Trauma, Stress, and Nutrition

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Trauma, or even prolonged stress, wreaks havoc on our bodies in so many ways.  However, there are some easy, feel-good tips that can help support our bodies during these hard times.

During chronic stress our bodies have trouble regulating the stress hormone, cortisol.   Because cortisol has a large influence on blood sugar, we lose the ability to appropriately regulate blood sugar as well.

For some, this can result in a spike of blood sugar, and therefore a boost of energy, which is then followed by an extreme low.  For others, blood sugar is extremely low in the morning, which results in fatigue and depression.  In the evening, however, they feel more energetic and cannot easily fall asleep.

If this is you, it is so important to see a healthcare provider who can help get to the root cause of the problem.

That being said, here are some tips for home care that you can do as well.

  1. Eat breakfast.  Get a boost of blood sugar in the morning to help reverse the grogginess.
  2. Limit sugar, substitute protein.  Sugar gives a boost of blood sugar, but one that is too high, often followed by an extreme low.  A protein snack, on the other hand, like a handful of nuts, can help give your blood sugar a boost in a moderate amount, that lasts longer.
  3. Eat small snacks spread throughout your day.  This is something that can be especially helpful with kids who are stressed and may be having meltdowns that seem unexplained.  A common cause for these fits is extremely low blood sugar.  A good rule of thumb is to eat, and have your kids eat, every two hours.
  4. Try not to eat after dinner.  Allow your body to digest, and your blood sugar to slowly decrease until bedtime.
Dr. David Jones
Chiropractor in Austin TX
Focusing on trauma release in the body