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Dysregulation & CPTSD -- Triggered by Hurrying and Overwhelm?


Note: This article is a transcript of a video excerpted from my online course Dysregulation Bootcamp. Brain and emotional dysregulation are common in adults who experienced abuse and neglect in childhoodhood, and is linked to problems with mood, mental focus, health and relationships.

Hurrying is a huge trigger for a lot of people with Childhood PTSD -- everything from trying to get out the door in the morning, to rushing through traffic, to just getting overwhelmed with everything you’re trying to get done in a day.  

And here’s the thing -- most hurrying comes not because of society, not because of technology, but something much more ordinary than that. Are you ready?

It’s procrastination. We all do it -- not getting up out of bed after the alarm goes off, not getting out the door or leaving enough time to get where we’re going. And what’s one huge reason  we procrastinate? That’s right -- brain dysregulation. So it’s a vicious circle - procrastinating, dysregulating, hurrying, dysregulating, procrastinating some more... 

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Our minds love a sense of spaciousness in time. Taking your time is wonderfully regulating. When is the last time you took a shower and stopped and just enjoyed the feeling of the water? Or brushed your teeth without a feeling of pressure to hurry up? This pushing, pushing all the time can overwhelm us, and “overwhelm”, all by itself, triggers dysregulation.

Our minds love doing things with careful attention.  But the traumatized part of ourselves feels scared of slow, mindful processes because the bad feelings might get a foothold. READ ARTICLE HERE...



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