Stress Anxiety and PTSD

If you are very overwhelmed or have severe pain – skip all the videos and concentrate on only the Daily Program. 

Stress can affect your health in many ways. Stress comes from outside – like trauma. Trauma can mean injury or an illness that harmed your body. Any Injury. This could mean physical or emotional injury. Stress can also come from inside. How we experience our lives and how we react to the things that have happened to us. The physical and mental are all linked. The system most affected by stress is your Limbic System

Trauma causes Complex PTSD which can be treated – Daily Program and EMDR. 

If you have PTSD try

Chronic Pain, Chronic Anxiety and Depression, Trauma, and Chronic Disease can leave a person with hidden feelings of hopelessness and even shame. Many patients feel as if doctors and other people say the pain is in their head, which is not true. The pain is in the body and the limbic system reports the excess inflammation causing pain.

Many people feel they should be able to get better themselves. They feel responsible for not getting better. That feeling is part of shame. It is not your fault you have pain. Hopefully with the work you can start to realize that and get better. 

People living with chronic pain and anxiety often feel they have let people down. They feel shame. It’s not your fault. Watch the video below.

Chronic pain causes stress and feelings of powerlessness which can light up the Limbic system and lead to feelings of anxiety.

If you have chronic pain, or chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, chronic illness like diabetes or hypertension, or even heart disease, allergies or asthma, it could be worth your while to explore Complex PTSD.  

Most of us would recognize stress, worry, and even anxiety. We have all been afraid, even if it’s just a fear of crossing the road, or coming home late, or missing a deadline. Stress and Anxiety affect the body. Some people may have both anxiety and depression. Take a look at this section of the site. Anxiety and Depression

Certain communities are prone to PTSD because of a legacy of abuse and racial intolerance. There are programs on line that can help. Awakening is a culturally sensitive on line site for stress relief.

Meditation: first talk to your mental health counselor as sometimes meditation can awaken past traumas: Awakening

Anxiety is an inflammatory disorder and causes illness, including heart attacks and strokes.

Calm the brain with correct breathing

In order to work on PTSD, you need coping tools. These tools are often not available to people who have grown up in dysfunctional families. Usually dysfunctional parents will have come from homes with their own dysfunction. 

Before you can tackle PTSD, you need coping tools – a toolbox of skills that can help you manage your problems, be it drinking, drugs, overeating. These are all abnormal tools we use to manage our emotional pain. Tools to numb our feelings. Try to find mental health counselors to help you build your toolbox. 

Mindfulness: Palouse Mindfulness Course

See some of the videos from this site: Palouse Mindfulness Videos

Another important tool to add to your coping toolbox is paying attention to how you think. What you think is what you feel.  Here is a great program, costs a bit of money, not much. Try it if you can afford it.

Poor Sleep

Website for sleep management: CBT for insomina

Sleep disorder / Insomnia

Anxiety causes inflammation which can affect your arteries, joints, muscles, connective tissues and even sinuses.  Anxiety and Inflammation

Watch this video by one of my favorite doctors and authors and why yoga (or QiGong or Tai Chi) can be helpful. Benefits of Yoga

This is quite gentle Yoga – the one below that is more intense
Choose what suits you best and listen to your body – TAKE NOTICE OF HOW YOUR BODY FEELS IN POSTURES

Meditation can be helpful but do talk to your doctor as meditating can cause trauma flashbacks.

Sleep disorder / Insomnia