Forced Change

When we actively choose to change a behaviour or way of being, it can be challenging, stir up old traumas, & be an emotional roller coaster. As we have actively chosen this new path, although it can be hard at times, we are as prepared as possible for the shifts. Maybe we have a support network in place, done some preparatory reading, asked for help from a therapist, etc. This helps us overcome hurdles, increases the chance of the change being successful and beneficial to our being.

When change is forced upon us, which everyone on the planet has had to some degree this year, it can be even more challenging to deal with. Although there are ALWAYS silver linings to every form of change (sometimes you have to look hard for them), being told to change, especially when you maybe don’t agree with everything that is being implemented, can cause emotional & physical resistance, adoption of negative coping mechanisms, self depreciation, helplessness, and much more.

This forced change can have a negative impact on how we nourish ourselves on many levels, such as emotionally and nutritionally. It’s easy to turn to comfort food which can have a negative impact on our gut health and therefore our emotional health, to return to coping mechanisms we took on when we were children to cope with situations that we were not mature enough to comprehend or deal with at the time. Sudden change can take us by surprise and it can take a while to realised that we can deal with in a constructive way.

Each cell in the body retains memory, things that happened when we were little up to the present day. They can even contain memories from our ancestors. When we are going through trauma there are some areas/organs that accumulate certain emotions more than others. For example, grief/loss is felt in the lungs, anger & frustration in the liver, fear is felt and stored in the kidneys, and anxiety is felt in the stomach. Nutritionally you can target nourish these organs to help support the shift of emotions, to aid the cleansing, however, it’s a multi-pronged approach that works best. Supplying the supportive foods you need as well as acknowledging the emotion(s) that has arisen is key to long-term health.

If any of these emotions are overwhelming or felt for a prolonged time then it is likely that echos of them could be stored in the associated organ(s). During times of change and flux old emotions can resurface as the body is meeting the change. It is really important that you sit with this old (or new) emotion and let it pass through rather than be stored in your body. A book I found that really helped me in the past was The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (please buy from a non-Amazon source to support local book stores like this one). I found that he explains the storing of emotions and the releasing of them in a simple but effective way.

If you are struggling at all at the moment with huge scale of global change then please do take time to help support yourself and do reach out for help if needs be. It’s a sign of strength to ask for support.

Take extra care & be gentle with yourself x

Published by Caroline Westoll

I'm a Nutrition & Wellbeing Practitioner

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