S3E13 Impacts of Trauma: When the Body Says "No"

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We have been on a journey this whole month, talking about early indicators to be watchful for and aware of as people who work in higher risk jobs. If you’ve been listening, you’ll know that we’ve been talking about the things that let us know that we are changing, being changed, and that we need to know what to look for so that we can intervene early and catch it before we’ve gone too far down the rabbit hole. 

We have touched on the heavy hitters – hypervigilance, dissociation, numbing and avoidance… which together make up the main criteria used to diagnose things like posttraumatic stress disorder. We have talked about how these show up, both early on as well as when we are moving deeper into traumatic stress and stress-related injuries. We have also talked about what we can do to catch them and meaningfully intervene in them to try to protect ourselves from spiralling further down. 

Today, we are talking about the...
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S3E12 Impacts of Trauma: Numbing

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Today we are continuing in our series on the impacts of trauma, and we are really trying to focus on the early indicators that alert us that trauma is starting to take a toll. The goal we are working toward is to be able to notice these earlier so we can catch them and intervene earlier and prevent ourselves and others from landing in my office…or worse. Your job as a First Responder or Front Line Worker comes with risks – we know that. It isn’t new information. And no one is better than the risks. Like I have said SO many times on the show before, nobody comes out unscathed. Nobody.

So given that the risks are real and that the promise is that you will be scathed by it – how do we minimize the scathing, or the harm to you that results from it? That is really what we’re trying to tangle with here, is how to we contain the scope of the impact. How do we limit the extent to which your beautiful, meaningful life – along with those of...
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S3E11 Impacts of Trauma: Nightmares & Flashbacks

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You guys, we are back and talking some more about early indicators for trauma and stress-related injuries that are common to front line workers. We’ve been talking about how important it is to be familiar with what to look for in yourself and those around you, so you can catch things early and ensure your wellness. For your sake, for the sake of the job you love, and for the sake of those who love you. This is crucially important stuff you guys, believe me, I know – because it’s what every client who ends up in my office for stress-related injuries says they wish they had known and done more about sooner to prevent having to get so deeply caught in it, where the impacts are incredibly damaging to them, their families, their potential to continue in jobs they have loved, and so much more. I have these conversations every single day, and I don’t want you to end up in an office like mine having the same regret-filled conversation if you don’t...
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S3E10 Impacts of Trauma: Dissociation

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We are continuing in a new series around what to look for and be aware of as professionals more exposed and more likely to suffer from things like PTSD and related occupational stress injuries. This comes after so much feedback that I hear about first responders and front line workers getting a lot of lip service advising to be on the lookout and conscientious about the risks for stress-related impacts of the job – but then aren’t given any information or tools to help know what the hell to actually be looking for that would let them know they aren’t ok…until they are SO not ok that the wheels have completely come off and course correcting is WAY more work than it needed to be.

Our goal in this is to help equip you with the warning signs. I want you to know the things to be noticing and on the lookout for. I also want you to have this resource to offer to your people – your spouse, close friends or family members – so they can know...
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S3E9 Impacts of Trauma: Hypervigilance

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Since starting this podcast, one of the most frustrating things I hear all too often is that as front line workers you are told to be aware of trauma. To be looking out for PTSD. To be on alert that you are at higher risk for stress-related mental health concerns. …But then never being told WHAT to look for. Not knowing what exactly PTSD looks like, feels like. How to know when there’s a problem, before it’s so bad that you can’t convince yourself to get out of bed and face the world. 

That trend is so very concerning to me. While I know we have made gains in reducing the stigma of mental health concerns and that things like therapy are being made more accessible and are encouraged more by workplaces now than ever before in history – what does any of that matter if we aren’t equipping people with the basic knowledge of what the hell to look for? How can we expect people to get support and do the work to help themselves if they...
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S3E8 Support & Anchoring (Reclaiming Self Series)

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We have been talking about alignment for the last few weeks – the way we intentionally align ourselves with the kind of people we want to be. We’ve been talking about how to be the authors of our own stories, rather than bystanders while life writes our story for us. We’ve talked about how to be a scientist and use curiosity, experimentation and learning to craft alignment and tweak it to serve us and our goals for our own lives. 

Today we are wrapping up our series on reclaiming self, and focusing on the one other key piece in creating a life we feel the authors of. 

If you think about authors…and scientists, for that matter…they have a couple of things that we need to have too.

An author has a team. An editor, a publisher, a guild…people to bounce ideas off of and workshop with. They consult to ensure that their story is grounded and believable. They have others read their work to get feedback. They are not an island....
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S3E7 Learning & Adjusting (Reclaiming Self Series)

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The process of considering alignment and experimentation involves asking questions about what might fill my bank account back up. What feeds my spirit? What brings energy? What replenishes? Or, at minimum, what limits the rate at which I get depleted? 

Last episode I shared some examples from my own life and what felt noteworthy to me as I shared them was just how small and simple most of them were. Taking a multivitamin, experimenting with when I exercise and what kind of exercise I enjoy most, trying out something silly like crochet…none of it is big or particularly complicated or time consuming. It really is just slowing down enough and leaving my curiosity on that makes the difference. And honestly, what we’re talking about is learning.

The process of learning happens when we try something out, take information from that experience, and adapt that into what comes next. We learn whether we are conscious of it or not – our brains are constantly...
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S3E6 Experimentation & Self-Discovering (Reclaiming Self Series)

 

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The really cool but often uncomfortable thing about life changes is that they open up an opportunity, a potential, for learning and growth. They tend to push us into a place of HAVING to do something differently, and by extension, learning about ourselves, what fits for us and what doesn’t, and sorting our way through how we either contort ourselves or how we make things contort to fit us. 

Like I said, it tends to be uncomfortable – because as people we crave routine, stability, predictability, and so on. We like to know what to expect and have a clear sense of what is coming next. Being pushed out of our comfort zone, out of our routine and predictable, and being forced into new and unknown terrain, is going to feel uncomfortable. And that’s ok. …But it is also what makes stage of life changes feel so overwhelming and daunting. If we aren’t accustomed to uncomfortable…if we aren’t open to discomfort for the sake...
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S3E5 Alignment (Reclaiming Self Series)

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I’m not sure where you are at in your world right now – maybe you feel like you are totally killing it…maybe you feel like you’re drowning. Maybe you are somewhere in the in-between. As for me – I am in this weird and uncertain and beautiful stage of change and transition. I know that change can be scary for a lot of people, myself included, for sure. But this stage, I’m finding myself embracing it – reveling in it, actually. And as I have been working through this in my own life, I am aware that this is something we all go through and I thought we could spend the next few weeks talking about stages of life, adjusting to meet the changing moments, and working to re-align ourselves each and every time to work at being the people we want to be.

Stages of life are kind of funny to me. We all know they happen – that we ebb and flow between stages where we feel really capable and on top of things, to a time where we feel tired...
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S3E4 Alternative Approaches to Healing: Neurotherapy

Show Notes:
Today I am so excited to be joined by Michael Mariano, neurotherapy expert, and we are diving into the benefits of neurotherapy including neurofeedback, biofeedback and related tools. I am so grateful for this conversation including Michael’s show and tell with some of his equipment so you can get an idea of what it all looks like. You can listen to this episode, or watch and see the show and tell time on YouTube! Check out the links in the “Additional Resources” section below for more info on neurotherapy, and for Michael’s information if you would like to follow up with him.

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