When I first climbed up a high rope course, my body shut down in panic. My legs shivered. My hands clung to the pole. I could hardly bring myself to let go. Despite knowing I was technically safe.
I despised myself for this lack of control. It was embarassing. Let alone impractical. I wanted to be able to move up here and enjoy myself like apparently all of my peers did.
Naturally, this wasn’t the last I saw of anxiety, fear or doubts.
This physical paralysis though taught me that at times will or reason aren’t enough. Sure, it helps to know how our amygdala works. Or what it takes to build self-confidence.
To overcome adverse effects of our automated fight or flight response however we also need somatic tools.
They are the most natural and effective way to regulate our nervous system. Applied well they allow us to quickly settle back into a state in which we’re able to use reason and skills.
I’m currently reworking the below Armoury of Courage to include more of these powerful tools.
And created this spiffy option to be emailed with updates: