Yes, we are resilient.
But we can adapt to things that are familiar though not necessarily advantageous.
We can become habituated to things that ultimately cause us to feel depressed, isolated or lonely.
For the last two years, our perceptions of safety and belonging have been challenged.
Earlier attachment strategies or ruptures have probably been dredged to the surface.
We may feel socially atrophied- like we know we need to make an effort towards social engagement, but we have little energy to make plans and less stamina once we are together.
It’s time that we build up our social muscles while respecting our nervous systems.
Kimberly Ann Johnson is the author of recently released Call of The Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken Our Own Power, And Use It For Good (HarperWave, 2021) as well as the early mothering classic The Fourth Trimester: Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality (Shambhala, 2017) published in seven languages around the world.
She is sought after practitioner and lead authority in postpartum health, Johnson has been working hands-on in integrative women’s health and trauma recovery for more than a decade. Prior to that she was a full-time yoga teacher and Structural Integration practitioner.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Vogue, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Harper’s Bazaar, Today.com and many more. She is the host of the Sex Birth Trauma podcast where she hosts cutting edge conversations about the things that really matter in our time, with 800, 000 unique downloads.