Shake it Off

I once had a coach who told me “when something bad happens to you, shake it off. That’s what the animals do.” Turns out, there is science behind what she was saying. There are proven psychological benefits of movement, even shaking.

According to Psychology Today, after animals escape from danger they violently shake, therefore releasing the bad energy before trauma sets in. “…the big cat leaves, the gazelle comes back to life, shakes violently, and then runs away. Herds of prey animals can be observed going through similar mini-cycles of tension, trembling, and relaxation each time they are activated by a sense of danger that then abates.”

This concept is well known in somatic trauma care, there is even an entire movement philosophy based on shaking and vibrations, TRE. TRE was created by Dr. Berceli who spent over two decades as a Trauma and Conflict Resolution Consultant in places like Bahrain, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Chile, Bolivia and more.

It’s actually possible to experience PTSD from giving birth and parenting, but if you’re not experiencing symptoms of trauma (if you are, head to a psychologist asap) and are feeling nervous, fatigued, exhausted or are having problems sleeping or with your stomach, shaking may help you too according to a study done on TRE in the workplace by Dr. Hildegard Nibel.

Next time someone says something mean to you or you start feeling a bit of road rage or you get into a fight with a spouse or child, walk into a quiet place and shake your whole body. I even like to turn on some TSwift (or Rosita and Gunther) and make my shake into a dance.