A Powerful Guide for Overcoming the Emotional Challenges of Our Turbulent Times.
A rising number of people today are troubled by a phenomenon for which they don’t know there’s a name. This condition is called emotional inflammation—a state not unlike post-traumatic stress disorder, but one that stems from simply living in today’s anxious, overwhelming, and tumultuous world. If you’ve suffered from sleep problems, hyperreactivity, persistent grief, or inescapable worry about the future—especially triggered by the nonstop news cycle—then you’re probably dealing with emotional inflammation.
The good news is: there’s something you can do about it.
With Emotional Inflammation, general and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Lise Van Susteren joins writer Stacey Colino to present a breakthrough guide to help you become grounded and resilient in these turbulent times. You’ll begin by determining your “reactor type” to better understand how your body and mind respond to stress overload. Then you’ll learn the vital steps of the powerful RESTORE program for recovering inner balance, personal effectiveness, and joy in your life:
• Recognize Your Feelings: how to identify, unpack, and learn from difficult emotions
• Evaluate Your Triggers: pinpoint what sets you off and how you can moderate your reactivity
• Steady Your Body’s Natural Rhythms: keys for restoring your natural, healthy internal equilibrium
• Think Yourself into a Safe Space: work with your mind to remain flexible, thoughtful, and adaptable
• Obey Your Body: essential self-care practices for diet, exercise, stress management, and more
• Reclaim the Gifts of Nature: revitalize your healing connection to the natural world and its awe-inspiring benefits
• Exercise Your Power: become an “upstander” who takes effective action from a place of compassion, hope, and love
Completing the basics of this method, the authors share key insights on how to personalize RESTORE to fit into your life based on which of the four reactor types you identify with—Nervous, Revved, Molten, or Retreating.
You can’t always control the crises and catastrophes that are swirling around you. But that does not mean you’re powerless against the status quo—nor do you need to be at the mercy of the physiological, psychological, and spiritual stress responses inside you. With Emotional Inflammation, you now have an invaluable guide to help you cope with the challenges of a turbulent world, calm your body and mind, and reclaim a sense of peace, purpose, and connection to others.
Psychiatrist Van Susteren (Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change) and health writer Colino (Count Down) deliver in this cogent guide a plan to help individuals recognize triggers, plan ways to overcome them, and reestablish emotional and physical equilibrium. The authors write that pressures work stress, gun violence, climate change put everyone at risk for "emotional inflammation," or biological distress responses to changing demands. To deal with these pressures, the authors recommend the RESTORE plan: recognize feelings, evaluate triggers, steady innate rhythms, obey signals, reclaim the gifts of nature, and exercise one's power. They also offer advice on getting enough quality sleep, stepping away from social media, scheduling downtime, and exploring the natural world. While none of the ideas are groundbreaking, the authors' wide scope and reassuring tone stand out: "The unfortunate truth is this: We have been depriving ourselves of natural remedies that are readily available. While they're not necessarily easy to make habitual, they are simple to initiate." These restorative tactics are great self-care starting points.