By the time I hit my 40s, I had a few obstacles to overcome:
- I experienced heart palpitations several times a day and random stomach pains.
- I had terrible social anxiety, which meant I hated any sort of public speaking or being in large groups (I steered clear of both).
- I was creatively blocked and would only write if I was frogmarched to the computer by a horrendous deadline. As for art or illustration… um, nope.
I tried everything I could think of to help myself – meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, energy healing, herbal medicine, therapy and counselling etc. I even gave up caffeine, dairy and alcohol for 3 long months!
But nothing helped.
One day I read a book called The Body Keeps the Score and learnt how stress and trauma are stored in the body and cause physical and emotional symptoms.
I hopped on the computer, googled ‘how to release trauma’, and discovered something called ‘TRE’ (tension and trauma releasing exercises), which I had never heard of before.
To cut a long story short, I booked myself on an upcoming workshop in Brighton and started practising three times a week.
Little by little, amazing things started to happen.
My stomach pains disappeared.
My daily palpitations went down to once or twice a week.
I felt calmer and less bothered by the stresses of everyday life.
And wonder of wonders, I started to feel creative. I began writing, dancing and drawing again!
Of course, none of this happened overnight. But bit by bit my life changed beyond recognition. I was so impressed, I undertook a year-long training to become a TRE Practitioner and now teach TRE to groups and individuals.
If you’re currently struggling, like I was, please know this:
Practising TRE just 2-3 times a week will bring your nervous system back into balance. This is an incredibly powerful thing: a balanced nervous system means you feel calm, safe and secure inside. And when you’re calm on the inside, magical things start to happen on the outside. In a nutshell, the world opens up. Things that were off-limits for you before start to seem possible. Life becomes easier and a heck of a lot more fun.
If we ever get the chance to work together, I hope your TRE journey is as amazing for you as it has been for me :-)