Why do spiders freak us out?
1. A spider really frightened you once. Perhaps it was going on its merry way when you unknowingly sat down next to it and the wind you created flipped the spider on top of your head.
That would freak anyone out, especially the spider.
The woman scooped her child up in her arms and made to the door faster than, well, a spider catching a fly.
If you had a parent or friend like this, it’s pretty certain that you too will get a flight or fight response as a result of those past experiences.
When you first see the spider
Remember that your initial feeling is because you were triggered due to a childhood trauma.
I find find that thinking about my feet helps ground me when I experience triggers (my triggers are usually related to my kid’s behaviors though, not spiders).
Why catch a spider instead of killing it?
- Pushing through that trigger into a calm state of mind is a massive challenge and overcoming it shows incredible courage and inner strength. When you push through it. It’s unlike any feeling you have experienced before. Inner power and restraint feels amazing.
You can do this!
- Once you’ve caught it, and more certainly in hindsight, you’ll feel better about saving something that’s smaller and more vulnerable than you are.
- Spiders are crucial to maintaining balance in the environment. Take away the spiders, and then there are many ripples throughout the food chain. Think about how many extra flies and cockroaches we’d have in the world with out them. Yep, saving a spider is looking good right now, right?! It’s fine if that’s not the case yet. It takes time to push through a trigger and see something from a completely different perspective.
Here is some more reasons that spiders are important.
Catching a spider: What you need
- A container or a cup that’s bigger than the spider
- Gardening gloves (optional)
- A thick piece of paper (or cardboard, if you don’t feel that’s thick enough)
- Someone to open the door!
I should remind you all here to check the type of spider it is before catching it. If it’s highly venomous it would be better left for the professionals.
Catching a spider: How to do it
Okay, it’s time to be brave. Deep breaths.
- Catching a spider works best if your spider is on a flat surface. Have both your cup (or container) and piece of paper/cardboard ready and close by you.
- Grab your cup/container and quickly place it over the spider. Try not to squish those little legs.
- Then, slowly move the paper/cardboard under the cup.
- Put your hand up under the paper/cardboard to keep the spider contained. There, wasn’t that easy?!
- Then, take the cup/container outside, put them on the ground and quickly take your hands away to release the spider.
- Pat yourself on the back, or have a shot of vodka. You just helped the environment in more ways than you know, plus you pushed through a trigger and that’s epic.
Did you do it? Come back and tell me. I’d love to know if I helped. 🙂