by Torri Wright | January 22nd, 2020
The environment is a critical variable, frequently discredited or undervalued in how variations of our environment can impact how we “feel” throughout our day. An example of this would be pollen count increase, along with high winds moving the pollen around. Due to the weather being nice, everyone goes outside to play and get fresh air. For an individual who may be sensitive or even highly sensitive, we are now exposing them to an element that not only will impact how they feel but will have a lasting impact. This can lead to headaches, sinus blockages, itchy or runny noses and so on. When that person then is faced with a challenging task or asked to show up fully and they refuse or become agitated, we may assume it came from nowhere, but in fact, there are biological responses happening within their body they may not be able to articulate, communicate or even be aware of themselves. Making note or observing these areas becomes critical, as they are referred to as “setting events” – mentioned in the See Beyond Behavior book as well as the previous blog - and eventually build up to a point of dysregulation.
Health variables are equally as undervalued or observed. Individuals who struggle with constipation or gut health chronically struggle with the side effects. Those side effects are daily and have a person showing up at their minimal best. Then you add additional challenges or prolonged constipation leading to more extreme side effects and now you have a classic scenario where someone will explode and it may look like it is out of nowhere, but in fact, it has literally been building for days. So, as you can begin to see, behavior is rarely, if ever “out of nowhere.”