What is Holding You Back? Four Major Psychological Roadblocks

A psychological roadblock is a behavioral, mental, or emotional barrier that prevents you from taking the necessary steps to create and sustain positive changes in your life. Instead of embracing and building yourself up to meet your goals, you remain stuck in the same situation as time goes by. Sometimes we are aware of the reasons why we can’t move forward with our intentions and plans. Other times we are not conscious or certain about what is holding us back. Here is a list of four major psychological roadblocks to help you think it through.

Imbalances in the Periphereal Nervous System

The Peripheral Nervous System is mostly composed of nerves that are responsible for carrying nervous signals and messages throughout the body. It comprises the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems. These two systems work together to create mind-body balance and harmony. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) helps us respond to stress by regulating our fight, flight, or freeze response.

On another hand, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) helps us be relaxed and at ease, regulating body functions such as rest, digestion, repair, and reproduction. When these two systems fail to work together, with one dominating over the other, we are not able to respond in a fully functioning manner. Domination of the SNS is often associated with stress, chronic illness, and poor well-being. Domination of the PNS is usually linked to poor concentration, depression, lethargy, and disorganization.

Negative Coping Strategies

Imbalances in our nervous system can lead us to seek strategies to restore balance and harmony. However, not all strategies are effective, efficient, and healthy. Negative coping strategies such as avoiding issues, drinking, binge eating, and gambling are sought to relieve pain and discomfort but their effect is short-lived. They can often lead to addiction and cause permanent damage to the body and mind.

Unaddressed Wounds

Psychological wounds can run deep and away from our conscious awareness. Although not all wounds result in trauma, psychological wounds can negatively impact our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The loss of a parent or going through a divorce, for instance, produce wounds that if not addressed can leave us stuck in a perpetual state of imbalance, or even attached to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Unaddressed psychological wounds can also lead to a life filled with shame, guilt, fear, and anxiety. All these experiences make it difficult to establish a healthy relationship with ourselves and others. It is not uncommon to have trust issues or a sense of diminished empathy as a result of unaddressed emotional wounds.

Unresolved Trauma

Trauma results from one or more highly stressful life events such as being assaulted or experiencing abuse. Trauma deals with wounds that are deeply rooted in someone’s being and which have a huge negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. Besides the consequences already mentioned regarding unaddressed wounds, trauma can strongly affect the way a person perceives and experiences reality on a regular basis.

Unresolved trauma can lead to an inability to think clearly, impaired memory, strong and intense negative emotions, the experience of flashbacks, irritability, and a lingering feeling of overall detachment. These psychological patterns are very challenging and difficult to deal with.

Concluding Thoughts

Sometimes we want to move on with our lives and create positive change only to find out we can’t or that we are not ready yet. Sometimes we know why we remain stuck in old ways of behaving, thinking, and feeling, but other times we don’t. This list of major psychological roadblocks may help you tap into some hidden reasons or factors that have prevented you from designing and living the life you wish for yourself. If you have found you are being affected by one or more of these factors, please know you are not alone and you can ask for help.

How to Tell the Difference Between Fear and Intuition?

How do you know whether you are tapping into your intuition, or simply engaging and entertaining unhelpful, fear-based thoughts? Is that inner voice your intuition or your fear speaking? This is a complex topic, and yet it represents a skill we need and can develop as highly sensitive people. I believe everyone can benefit from learning to differentiate between intuition and fear, but highly sensitive people even more because struggling to understand which one is speaking to us can lead us to an endless spiral of doubt and confusion.

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What Are Heavy Metals? The Impact of Heavy Metals on Well-being

Heavy Metals are metals with high density. They are at least 5 times denser than water. Some lighter metals are also categorized as heavy metals due to their toxicity at even very low concentration levels. With this said, examples of heavy metals include lead, mercury, chromium, aluminum, manganese, and arsenic, among others. These metals have been used in industry, agriculture, medicine, technology, and even at home. Their widespread use has caused a great distribution of these substances in the environment. Although some of these heavy metals can play an important role in our bodies, exposure to great amounts can negatively impact not only our health and well-being but also our planet’s ecosystems.

Intoxication by heavy metals is often associated with abdominal pain, polyneuropathy, and encephalopathy.

Some heavy metals such as copper are essential for our biological functioning. Excessive amounts of these metals become, nonetheless, toxic, leading to cellular and tissue damage. There are also non-essential metals such as aluminum and barium which can be toxic even at very low doses. Toxic amounts of heavy metals have been shown to affect cell membranes, their organelles (e.g. mitochondria, nuclei), and enzymes with important roles in metabolism, detoxification, and damage repair. In addition, metal ions interact with cell components such as DNA and nuclear proteins. Damage to the DNA leads to changes in the cycle of the cells and can cause carcinogenesis (formation of cancer) and apoptosis (cell death).

Depending on the metal, intoxication can produce distinct symptoms. However, overall symptoms include abdominal pain, polyneuropathy (damage or disease affecting the peripheral nerves causing numbness, weakness, or pain on hands and feet), and encephalopathy (brain dysfunction). Other symptoms include:

DiarrheaBody pain, inflammation, and swollenness
Cognitive changesSeizures
Personality changes
Symptoms associated with heavy metal intoxication

An important and less known source of heavy metals is geoengineering, the science of manipulating our climate. This science has been developed since, at least, World War II. One of its official aims is to reflect solar radiation to reduce the heating effect of sunlight. To achieve this goal, they have worked on several strategies. One of these strategies is to spray the sky with cocktails of nanoparticles that increase surface reflectance. Studies with rain and soil samples have shown that these nanoparticles include heavy metals such as aluminum, barium, and strontium. If you put two and two together it’s not hard to understand that chemtrails are real and not a conspiracy theory. Whatever is released into our atmosphere is also making us sick and not fixing the problem of climate change.

I spoke about my own personal experience with chemtrails on my most recent podcast episode. The more I research and the more I pay attention to my own health, the more I believe we are slowly but steadily getting sicker thanks to the massive pulverization of our sky, which is now happening on a global scale. While people have been kept busy with social distancing and washing hands, few of us have had the time to look at the sky and connect the dots. Whether this is due to lack of knowledge or willingness to face the truth, it’s evident that we must dig deeper and start looking at reality without the goggles that our TV sets and social media give us. It’s time we do our own old-school research and think critically about what is really going on in the world right now.

Why Decluttering Improves Your Well-Being

After going through a decluttering session, you are likely to feel clearer and more energetic. This is a process that not only improves our physical space but also our headspace. We have more space both physically and mentally, which in turn gives us a certain sense of freedom and clarity. Such experience eventually overflows to other areas of our life.

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