1️⃣ Why does hypoarousal happen?
When you have gone so many rounds in the psychological boxing ring. Your body and brain brain:
▶️ Are running low on the stress chemical, cortisol stocks due to over demand.
▶️ or deal with the pain and emotional distress anymore.
1️⃣.2️⃣ Hypoarousal Info-graph
2️⃣ Emotional Symptoms of Hypoarousal
Hypoarousal responses are ones that cause little to no movement or actions such as:
▶️ dissociation, feeling disconnected from yourself and others and all the avoidance behaviours.
▶️ poor concentration and memory recall
▶️ numb/ on auto pilot.
3️⃣ Physical Symptoms of hypoarousal.
To cope our body and brain shut down. This is sometimes called dissociating. This ‘off’ state is associated with:
▶️ feeling low in mood,
▶️ feeling irritable,
▶️ no motivation
▶️ You may want to sleep all the time as you are tired
▶️ You may notice changes to your appetite and digestion.
4️⃣ How to deal with hypoarousal
▶️ Be kind to yourself. You have been through a lot and beating yourself up is just going to use up more of your limited supply of stress chemicals.
▶️ Its a cliche, but good food really does heal. So try the 80/20 rule. Where you eat healthy and nourishing foods 80% of the time and treat yourself 20% of the time.
⏯ sound therapy,
⏯ tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
▶️ Walk in nature, hug a tree, listen to your favourite tunes, pick up an old hobby
▶️ Do anything that makes you happy but is not destructive to you.