Shock Release

Shock Release

Release Shock from Body: In times of crisis, we often go into a state of shock. We can feel paralyzed and find it difficult to take any action. Shock is a normal response to trauma and crisis. This exercise is a place to begin releasing the stuck energy of shock Read more…

Mind like a River

Mind like a River

Join Jen as she discusses how the mind is like a river. On the surface of the river we notice the activity of our thoughts like boats floating up and down the river. Below the surface of the river, we can experience new possibilities and stillness. Without present moment awareness, Read more…

Vagus Nerve Reset

Vagus Nerve Reset

Vagus nerve reset is a simple tapping technique used as a tool for emotional regulation. When we feel overwhelmed or collapsed, it is difficult to function or think clearly. Vagus nerve reset reconnects the body and the mind. We are able to think more clearly in the midst of stressors Read more…

Window of Tolerance

Window of Tolerance

Join Jen as she discusses Daniel Siegel’s “Window of Tolerance” and how this model guides us in Emotional Regulation. What happens when we are present, okay enough to be here? What happens when our threat system goes into high alert (fight and flight and collapse)? How can we know if Read more…

The Vagus Nerve

The Vagus Nerve

Join Jen as she discusses the essential connection between the Vagus Nerve and emotional regulation. Vagus, simply means “wandering.” Jen explains Stephen Porge’s Polyvagal Theory, a guide to better understand your nervous system reactions. Our survival systems include Social Engagement, Fight and Flight, and Collapse. By bringing present moment awareness Read more…

Live

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.” Georgia O’Keeffe My husband and I began our quarantine for the coronavirus over four weeks ago on Friday the 13th. The first week started off with intense fears: fears about being Read more…

Hughes, Jennifer Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma and Healthcare Providers

Self-Care Houston, Episode 24: Jennifer Hughes joins Jennifer Christian in a conversation about the impact of vicarious trauma on healthcare professionals in the medical and mental health fields. Jennifer discusses the impact of trauma on the mind and body. She shares how to identify the effects of vicarious trauma as Read more…

Seven A's of Healing Gabor Mate

Seven A’s of Healing

The following is taken from Chapter 19 of When the Body Says No; Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Mate, M.D. The Seven A’s of Healing “Pursuing the seven A’s of healing will help us grow into emotional competence. Emotional competence is the capacity that enables us to stand in a responsible, Read more…