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My Favorite Self-Soothing Technique!

Discussion in 'Mindbody Blogs (was Practitioner's Corner)' started by Danielle Szasz LMFT, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Danielle Szasz LMFT

    Danielle Szasz LMFT TMS Therapist

    I love this technique because it's very simple and you can use it when pain in intense, when you're feeling overwhelmed by emotions, or when you're fear or anxiety are running high. It's a very gentle way of letting your fear brain know that you are safe in this moment. I'd love to hear about your experience if you try this practice:

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  2. MWsunin12

    MWsunin12 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Danielle, Thank you. This is great. Simple to remember.
    I'm not seeing the info-graphic. Is it on a different forum?
    Also, one thing that has helped me, especially at night when my mind can crank up, is to feel my own hand on my skin and just gently move it, like you would on a baby, up and down the arm, across the upper chest, on the stomach, and follow the sensation. So often we only touch our own skin to dry off with a towel, etc, or put on lotion...but you don't really feel it.
    This is a little embarrassing to write. haha. But, it is soothing to me. I guess it's self-parenting, since neither of my parents were warmly affectionate.
  3. Danielle Szasz LMFT

    Danielle Szasz LMFT TMS Therapist

    Here's the infographic I mentioned! I love that you found such an ingenious way to soothe yourself. Did you know that research has shown that our nervous system can't tell the difference between our own comforting touch and someone else's? And when we are touched in a comforting way our brain releases oxytocin, which helps counterbalance stress hormones and makes us feel safe? It is amazing to me that our bodies hold so much wisdom and that you were able to figure that out on your own.

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  4. Gigalos

    Gigalos Beloved Grand Eagle

    great stuff, thanks!
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  5. Lainey

    Lainey Well known member

    How wonderful. Thanks for sharing. It is something easily practiced. I plan to use it frequently.
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