Feeling explosive energy can be uncomfortable and keep your nervous system on edge, but there's a technique called containment that can help create edges around that energy so it can dissipate. One of the most effective ways to do this is through compression on the physical body. Here's how to use the self-hug technique:
- Get comfortable: Find a comfortable spot where you can sit or lie down.
- Wrap yourself in a blanket: If you have a nice, big blanket or a weighted blanket, wrap it around yourself tightly. This can help create the feeling of containment.
- Get a bear hug: If you have someone around, ask them for a big bear hug. This can be a beautiful way to feel the containment.
- Do the self-hug: If you want to use this technique by yourself, start by taking your left and right hand and placing one hand underneath your armpit and the other hand across your chest.
- Squeeze in: Squeeze both hands together really tight, and take a deep breath. This will create pressure on your body, which can help contain that explosive energy.
- Push out: While still squeezing in, practice pushing out at the same time. This can create a more profound sense of containment.
- Repeat: Practice squeezing in, pushing out, and relaxing for a few minutes. Notice how your body feels.
By following these simple steps, you can learn to use the self-hug technique to contain and dissipate explosive energy, helping to manage stress and anxiety.