Do you know the language of your body?

Talking to the body can be a challenge, because the language of the body is not a cognitive language.

All the trauma in the form of anxiety, depression, somatic illnesses etc is stored subcortically, which means that it has nothing to do with cognition but rather with the autonomic nervous system.

If we want to address our autonomic nervous system and learn how to regulate it, we need to drop into our body’s wisdom. Regulating the nervous system for most of us means to switch from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic. We are living in a fight-or-flight mode way too often, which exhausts our adrenal glands and makes us more prone to infections and all other kinds of stress.

The goal is to let the body know that it is safe.

The goal here is to let our bodies know that they are safe, so that the adrenal glands can take a rest. The way to do this is not to talk to the body but to continuously show it that here, now, it is safe.

Here are some ideas for communicating with your body that require nothing but your own presence:

  • moving your body,
  • mindful self-touch,
  • listening to music,
  • being in nature,
  • controlled breathing,
  • engaging in anything that feels good to you and supports you to be more here.