The holidays are rapidly approaching. I say those words and I can feel the anxiety beginning to arise in my own body. My heart begins to beat faster, my breathing becomes shallow, and I feel like hiding! The feeling of being completely overwhelmed is intense.
I want to share with you one of my time-tested coping strategies – a strategy I’ve used for the 25+ years I’ve been recovered. Whenever I feel the beginnings of anxiety (particularly anxiety that comes at holiday time when I don’t have shopping even started and I know I have to suck it up and be polite to Uncle Louie and Aunt Lexie), I try to block out the negative thoughts and begin to make a gratitude list.
My family tells me that I’m nuts and over-the-top but remembering what I’m grateful for is such a powerful event in my life. How can I feel overwhelmed when I realize how grateful I am for my children and grandchildren, for my husband, for Mirasol, for my home? I feel grateful for all of the people we’ve been able to help at Mirasol and even those we haven’t been able to help (very few) because I know we’ve changed their lives a bit.
What is gratitude and how does practicing gratitude benefit all of us? Practicing gratitude quite simply helps us be happy and healthy! Grateful people live in a way that leads to the kind of society we all dream of.
Exploitation comes from greed and a belief that there is not nearly enough to go around. “I’d better fight to get mine now. There might not be any left.” Grateful living makes us aware that there is truly enough for us all. I prefer to think that there’s more than enough.
Happy are all of us who have found that grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy.
Jeanne Rust, PhD, LPC
Founder and CEO Mirasol
Specializing in Trauma
Mirasol helps people heal eating disorders and any co-occurring conditions We do a wonderful job!
Mirasol also specializes in trauma. Our patients have experienced events that have permanently changed or damaged their lives. They feel that they will never be able to function as a “normal” person. It is a miracle to me to see that no matter how great the horror they have experienced, they may recover emotional functioning, and not feel pain, terror, shame, fear, or horror all the time. When they experienced the trauma, they were robbed of a sense of integrity and wholeness. But they can heal. In time, trauma survivors can resume life with their sense of self restored.
Mirasol has offered the very latest in cutting edge therapies in the treatment of trauma. We offer DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR, adventure therapy, EFT, Somatic Experiencing, as well as Zuzi dance therapy. Any kind of therapy that involves the experience of the entire body can be invaluable.
Now we’re so happy to announce that we’ve added a fantastic and brilliantly effective trauma intervention to our tool-box of trauma treatment tools, TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises).
TRE is an easy to learn body-centered method created by Dr. David Berceli. It is a simple technique that helps releases stress or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations (e.g. anxiety, depression), or traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, social or domestic violence, PTSD).
TRE consists simple exercises that help individuals release tension from the muscles, which in turn relaxes the anxiety of our minds, by evoking a muscular shaking process in the body. The exercises elicit this shaking in a controlled and sustained manner. When evoked in this way, this shaking, also called “neurogenic tremors“, begins to release deep chronic muscular tension held within the body.“The human body registers everything that occurs to it, both physically and neurologically. And if we do not resolve trauma, all it can do is to continue to wear us down over life psychologically, emotionally and physically.” - David Berceli, creator of TRE
David Berceli developed TRE after observing the survival behavior of mammals in the wild. Having escaped life-threatening fight or flight situations, mammals automatically release excess energy from their body and restore balance to their nervous system via an innate neuro-muscular tension-release mechanism in the body. As mammals, humans also have access to this natural stress-release mechanism, and can benefit from it in the same way.
TRE™ teaches a short series of physical exercises that stretch the core muscles involved in the stress-release process, creating a shaking like mechanism in the musces that expel stress- and trauma-related tension from the body. Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) invoke the natural tremor mechanism of the body in response to stress or trauma. As the pattern of muscular tension in the body changes, the brain establishes a neural pattern related to relaxation, releasing endorphins and other stress-reducing chemicals, and restoring the individual to their natural state of bio-chemical balance.
In contrast to the trembling that one can sometimes experience during fear, anxiety, or illness, the muscular movement evoked by TRE™ is both self-generated and self-controlled, and is therefore experienced without disturbance or displeasure.
TRE™ works best in combination with other types of bodywork modalities such QiGong, Yoga, Meditation, experiential therapies such as art and equine therapy, as well as other type of trauma treatment modalities such as EMDR, EFT and Somatic Experiencing. TRE™ is a set of exercises that can be easy to execute and one can see instant results which can be preferred by many over Somatic Experiencing, and can also be more effective for treating residual and complex ptsd as well as reduce the risk for retraumatization that is possible with other trauma modalities such as EMDR.
TRE™ is best taught by Certified Professionals who have been educated to observe, work with, and teach self-regulating techniques to individuals who may experience PTSD, excessive anxiety, or traumatic stress. As with other trauma releasing modalities, emotional responses such as freezing and flooding may occur. If these responses are experienced, we strongly recommend that TRE be integrated with other therapies.
We’re pleased to say that the entire clinical staff of Mirasol has been trained in TRE.
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