Bodies and brains are miraculous because they soak in an extraordinary amount of information on a daily basis. But, it’s the very happy and joyous and also the very traumatic things that we remember the most. Our bodies hold onto the memories, this is called a body memory.
Recently, my traumatic memory of my mother’s sudden passing snuck into the crevices of my brain and cells like a thief in the night, stealing away little pieces of joy and replacing them with sadness without me even realizing it was happening. I found myself in the midst of body memory that caused an incredible low period.
Body Memory is pent up negative emotions
Your body remembers what you feel when you’ve been traumatized. To release negative body memories and the emotions and thoughts attached to the memories, you have to have some release. In fact, every day, we should be engaging in emotional/thought release because of the vast amount of input we receive throughout every day.
This morning I went on a brisk walk with (20-sec sprints peppered in). I’m following Amanda Tress’s FASTer Way program, which I highly recommend. I’ll do my meditation and journaling, then be set for the day.
Mental Health Routines are Essential
Friends, mental health routines are ESSENTIAL. This is why mental health routines are so incredibly important. Without me being able to process with some core friends, my journal, or the permission I had to crawl into the fetal position and sob, I may not have realized what was happening.
These are simple, trustworthy strategies to keep your mental health and wellness stable. When you’re thrown off your game, it takes an immense amount of strength to hop RIGHT back on and do what you need to do. The further you get off the path, the harder it’s going to be to get back on.