Why do I feel icky?
Have you ever woken up feeling icky?
Or perhaps you felt great, but a certain conversation, text message, social media post, or group of thoughts evaded your mind and body and the icky took over?
How do you know you're feeling icky?
For some people it is a very physical response in the body:
For others, it is a very mental or emotional response in the mind. These might be thoughts associated with your icky:
So, now that I have been in regular therapy for almost 2 years, I asked my therapist about feeling icky:
Me: what do I do when I'm feeling icky?
Therapist: describe icky- what does icky mean to you?
Me: I describe the first scenario since my icky comes out more physically than mentally
Therapist: okay, then we have to focus on your body and reclaiming your body in that moment. If the adrenaline and cortisol have already dumped into your bloodstream from a fight or flight response to a "threat" you have received, then we try to calm that trauma response.
Me: but does it matter what triggered it? what if I don't know what triggered it? don't I have to fix what is wrong in my life or situation to fix my icky?
Therapist: Nope. And that's the beautiful thing. What caused it doesn't matter. I don't even care what caused it. We just need to reclaim your body at that moment.
So, that changed my life.
I repeat. THAT CHANGED MY LIFE.
And I believe it can change yours too!
See below for some helpful links on how to reclaim your body from a state of panic or unrest.
Turns out, we CAN'T fix it with our thoughts.
We literally have to MOVE our bodies out of it. What a relief!
No wonder my brain is so tried from all these years of over-analyzing and overthinking, ruminating, and self-loathing. I wasn't even on the right road getting this *%#@ trauma out of my body!
But now I am, and you can be too.
Find a trauma-informed or trauma-certified therapist.
Your life will change forever.
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