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3 Exercises to help you "just be yourself"

Hello friends,


Do you struggle with the advice to "just be yourself" in social settings? I did for many years!

I always felt like my internal landscape was different than what I was projecting outwards.

I spent years living with the story that good things happen to everyone one except me. That my ideas weren't worthy of being seen and taken seriously.

I didn’t know that my body was simply contracting to keep me quiet, hidden, and safe from perceived threat, because being seen felt highly unsafe from childhood trauma.

Once I learned to release tension in these three areas of my body, I learned how to stop playing small and show up as who I truly am:

  1. Throat - My words tend to get stuck when I’m on the spot. When I feel my throat constrict, I squeeze my fist there in and out 5% at a time so I can be with the sensation, acknowledge the fear that’s showing up and watch it pass.

  2. Chest - The main symptom of panic I feel is a throbbing sensation of high alert in my chest. When this happens, I notice a place in my body that feels neutral and give that space some attention. Then I track what happens next in sensations. Usually, I notice the sensations in the chest subside, which offers immense relief and a feeling that I have control over my body.

  3. Mind - My go-to is disassociation when put on the spot. Sometimes I still go blank if I need to speak to a group, be on a podcast, or film content. I pause to connect back in with my body by imagining myself growing roots (thank you @ritualbody), or squeezing each part of my body and bringing my awareness to the physical sensation of the touch.


Hope this helps!

Love,

Tammy


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