The Soul Amplified Podcast

Nervous System say Whaaaaaa?

July 12, 2023 Vanessa Grace Season 1 Episode 219
The Soul Amplified Podcast
Nervous System say Whaaaaaa?
Show Notes

Let's talk about the nervous system and a framework to help you understand what is happening in yours!

The Window of Tolerance, from Stephen Porges' Polyvagel Theory, says there is a zone that is optimal for our nervous system to be in.  We manage stress well while here, are chill and can experience our emotions without dissociation and overwhelm.  Sounds like a good thing to know about in life, right?  Yup!

How can this help you?

  • Noticing if you are in your Window of Tolerance
  • And when you aren't
  • Humans always learn better with  visuals--check out my IG for today's post to SEE the framework
  • Sometimes once we know a theory, we make sense to ourselves, and then the healing flows
  • Notice who around you has a larger Window of Tolerance than you, and realizing maybe that's why they help you feel calm.  Use this to help you in life.
  • Use it the other way (you have the bigger window in this relationship), and choose if you are available to support the other when they are in dorsal or sympathetic (see definitions below)

What interested you about this theory?  What did you learn about yourself?

Some terms you might want to reference:
Ventral-when you are in the window of tolerance, you're nervous system is chill, you are relaxed, receiving and welcoming.

Dorsal-the response that is collapse, includes fear, looks like dissociation and is the freeze response

Sympathetic--the response is activation, includes fear and is the fight or flight response

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