How to Thrive in Unexpected PlacesMay 04, 2020
Being alive during these shifting times is intense. And hard. Transformation is not an easy process. Neither is childbirth. But we know that the outcome is worth the work.
With all the changes we’re experiencing, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Some would even say that we are experiencing collective trauma as a result.
Trauma happens anytime something overwhelms the physiology of the body and inhibits our ability to stay connected to ourself or others. We’ve all heard of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and it’s become a modern day epidemic.
Stress is a normal part of everyday life. New research in the field of epigenetics is finding that it’s not so much the amount or kind of stress we experience in our life, but how we respond to the stressful stimulus, that determines the difference between surviving and truly thriving.
Less well known, is a response to stressful events known as post-traumatic growth. PTG refers to positive personal change experienced as a result of adversity.
Posttraumatic growth is not about returning to the same life we lived before. It’s about undergoing significant shifts in thinking and relating to the world, that contribute to a personal process of change that is deeply meaningful.
TIPS TO THRIVE:
Take Stock: Notice when you get triggered or reactive. Breathe, relax, feel. Be in your body.
Harvest Hope: Learn to be hopeful about the future, look for inspiration through people, books, and nature.
Re-author: Find new perspectives and tell a new story.
Identify Change: Notice when the triggers come up and you choose a new response.
Value change: Celebrate new priorities, focus on gratitude.
Express Change in Action: Actively seek to put post-traumatic growth into action (create a morning ritual, read a book or journal or do something creative instead of numbing out on netflix).
To flourish, is to open yourself to the fertile darkness of challenging times, and root into the remembrance that all is happening for you. Every contraction is a precursor to a greater expansion.
Like the dandelion emerging from the concrete jungle, we too can bloom in unexpected places.
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