If you want to learn a tool to help when you feel overwhelmed, you’re in the right place. This blog teaches you an easy tool you can use right now to help you release feelings of overwhelm.

Next time you feel overwhelmed, try bouncing up and down on the balls of your feet. You can also sit in a chair and massage your heel and ankle areas. The Heel Shock Release is a simple body-based technique that will help you get out of your overwhelm and back in your body. The technique comes to us from Donna Eden. Practice the technique right now by watching the video below and following along. You can also download written instructions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

How it Works

You can do this by bouncing on the balls of your feet and allowing your heels to strike the ground. You can also rub or massage your heels: on the sides, where the heel meets the arch, and behind the ankle bones.

Why It Works

When you use techniques like the Heel Shock Release, you are interacting with your body’s energy system and increasing the flow of energy through your system. This allows you to come back into your body and out of your overwhelm.

According to traditional Chinese Medicine principles, stimulating shock points in our heels helps balance the yin and yang meridians. This also balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. In addition to when you are overwhelmed, you can use this technique immediately after a trauma, if you feel dissociated, or when you are shocked or numb.

If you haven’t given the Heel Shock Release a try yet, do it now. Take notice of how your body feels both before and after you use the technique. This technique is just one of many you can use to increase the flow of energy and feel more grounded. These are great tools to use when you feel overwhelmed.

More Techniques When You Feel Overwhelmed

If you found the Heel Shock Release helpful, here are a few more tools you can use to increase your energy and  discharge feelings of overwhelm: Four Thumps and Thymus Thump.

If you want to learn to use tools like this to improve your wellbeing, contact me.

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