If you’ve been on an intentional self development journey, you might be wondering: what are the signs your nervous system is healing?
Recently, I had to have stitches in an E.R. after a traumatic event. Knowing what I know now about trauma and PTSD, I allowed myself to cry, to shake and to tremble as I was worked on. I didn’t hold back the natural movements of my body. I let myself cling to the nurse’s hand. Fully letting myself take in the nurturing empathy, and releasing and processing everything I could in the moment.
This is because I know that letting my body process traumatic experiences, and trusting my body’s ability, naturally helps prevent dysregulated responses later on. But, I wasn’t always this way.
Our Nervous System Helps Us Maintain Balance, But Can Easily Lose It
In the labyrinth of our intricate physiology lies the nerve center of our body. The nervous system acts as our body’s control system. But its balance can be disrupted by chronic stress, lingering echoes of traumatic experiences, childhood trauma, mental health issues, natural disasters, and more.
The interplay between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, when affected, sometimes cause a dysregulated response.
The consequences manifest in various ways. Dysregulation can cause triggering conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Or more other dysregulated responses like hypersensitivity, or even digestion problems.
As we start focusing on navigating our nervous system and stress responses, we may encounter the fight response, flight response, freeze response or fawn. This is the dance between the prefrontal cortex and the peripheral nervous system.
The multi-faceted healing process unfolds differently ways for all of us. And thankfully since the 19th century or so, trauma research and resources started growing. Methods such as somatic experiencing, for example, help us start healing a dysregulated nervous system.
In 2021, I discovered that while I thought a lot of my issues were because of mindset…it turns out that some of them were because of trauma from my business. Over time, this created dysregulation.
I began the somatic healing process, and eventually got a somatic healing certification. It took a few months before I started seeing massive changes.
So once you start the healing process, how do we know if we’ve positively impacted our own nervous systems?
My hope for this blog post involves building a roadmap.
As I can, I want to recognize the affirming signs indicating my nervous system is on the path to healing. So, I’m gathering this info for me, and for you. From understanding the window of tolerance to stressful situations, to perceiving the stress response in a transformed light, we’ll explore 20 pivotal indications that signify your nervous system’s restoration.
Showing this progress in healing but also illuminates the different ways our nervous system finds equilibrium.