by Joan Courtney
The pre-evacuation warning from the Cedar Creek Fire had been lifted for some weeks now. As I stepped into the bathroom this morning, I realized an item had slowly become a permanent fixture. My overnight bag was still next to the vanity; and to my horror, it was being used.
As I looked around my place, it dawned on me I was still in the pre-evac mode. Boxes of what’s important to me were still parked next to the front door. When the car’s tank of gas reached the ¾ level, I topped it off. Never can be too sure. No waiting in endless lines at the gas station for me. I anxiously scanned the horizon for possible puffs and plumes of smoke. If the scent of smoke drifted toward me, I was in a heightened alert mode. I had the pre-evac blues.
I knew I had this problem when:
- I found myself suddenly wide awake several times a night in a panic mode, anticipating the call to leave.
- I wondered if I would feel unraveled forever. My mind endlessly anticipated the next fire. Is it coming tomorrow? Next week?
- More boneheads than usual were driving on Highway 260; all of them intentionally cutting me off and tailgating.
- I snapped and took offense at the slightest provocation. Nerve-wracking stress was my constant companion.
Being trained to recognize these symptoms and help others to release this iron grip of stress, I finally turned to my internal tools for unstuck living to set me straight.
I began to go to bed at my regular time and get up when I usually did. I was tuned in with my schedule and was more at peace with my rhythm of life.
Deep breathing was my friend. Those slow, deep belly breaths relaxed my lower abdomen, spreading tranquility throughout my body and mind.
I made a list of what was important to take for any evacuation. It is on the computer and also printed out in my traveling bag. My mind can be at ease, for I don’t have to remember each and every minor detail. (I’m still searching for my Kindle. You know: the item I needed to distract myself should the quick exit be necessary again.)
If you continue to have the jitters from pre-evac blues, Unstuck Living can help you find relief from this debilitating pattern in as few as one to three sessions. Most of my clients get relief 90% of the time.
The system I use is called Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and it isn’t therapy. It is an easy way to reframe past hurts and pains in a way that puts you in charge of how you’ll respond. All you need is to have the tools to tap into your innate wisdom and resources.
For more information or to make an appointment, call me, Joan Courtney, at (928) 367-8208 or use the contact form at www.joancourtneyhypnotherapy.com. Bringing more than 30 years of experience to my practice, I am a highly qualified NLP practitioner and a certified clinical hypnotherapist.
In a confidential way, I use my knowledge to help you become a no-limit person. Many of my clients have found my friendly ways and precise techniques to be the easiest road toward a better life.
A big thank you to those who fought the Cedar Creek Fire. Your presence and calm assurance while in town and on the fire lines did much to alleviate stress and calm anxious residents. Your expertise and knowledge is appreciated!