These are simple and practical exercises and practices you can do to help to regulate your nervous system when it becomes activated. I recommend practicing one or two of the exercises every day, when you are not feeling stressed or activated, to help build muscle memory and to move the exercises into the implicit memory of your brain so they can become an automatic response in times of stress and activation. A great time to practice many of the exercises is as you are getting ready to go to sleep and/or as you are getting up.
The exercises are drawn from various resources, including books, my own personal therapy, and internet searches.
I have modified many of the exercises I originally found based on what works better for me personally, as well as what seems to work better for my clients.
Gwynn Raimondi, MA, LMFTA is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate in the state of Washington in the US. The focus of her work and practice is complex, intergenerational, and relational traumas, grief, embodiment and their intersections. Her training in family systems during graduate school (Masters in Clinical Psychology) and in universal systems (micro and macro) in undergraduate school (Bachelor of Science in Physics), instilled deep within her the understanding of how, while we are all unique individuals, we are also part of, contributors to, and victims of our current oppressive and patriarchal culture.
What this means, is in her work she helps shed light on the interconnections and intersections of our own lived experience, how the experiences of our ancestors have been passed down to us, and how the culture we live in impacts who and how we are in the world.
She believes in tearing down the status quo and dismantling our oppressive culture and that this is both an internal and external process.
To learn more about her work, you can go to gwynnraimondi.com/about
|November 03, 2019
|Card Deck - Soothe Your Nervous System by Gwynn Raimondi web site