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Finding Yourself After Trauma

According to the Webster’s Dictionary, trauma is defined as an extremely distressing or disturbing event. A very broad definition, naturally trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Physical trauma requires a doctor, treatment, potential therapy, and maintenance of care. Psychological trauma requires the exact same strategy! So why do people tend to neglect their emotional traumas? There are many reasons, but the truth remains. In order to fully and properly heal from a psychological trauma, the victim likely needs to see a professional, undergo treatment, participate in therapy, and continue to take care of one’s mental condition over time. When in recovery, emotional trauma can be even more debilitating. In order to move on, this trauma needs to be confronted.

What are the symptoms of emotional or psychological trauma?

 

  • Anger
  • Denial or shock
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt or shame
  • Seclusion
  • Hopelessness
  • Numbness, lack of interest in hobbies/friends/family

How can you heal after Trauma?

 

  • Exercise. Research states that exercise releases endorphins throughout the body that improve your mood, cause relaxation, and encourage contentment. Pay attention to the rhythm of your breathing while you move, and notice the feelings and sensations throughout your body. Choose exercises that put your entire body in motion and engage your concentration.  

 

    • Socialize. Avoid isolation. It may feel easier and safer to avoid others, but this can be determinantal. Surround yourself by loved ones. Join a support group or participate in therapy. Join a team or club and stay involved. Volunteer or join a group that allows you to contribute to a cause you are passionate about.

 

  • Use calming techniques. Learn to regulate your nervous system through mediation, yoga, or practice deep breathing exercises. Throughout your treatment and recovery, you likely learned many techniques for keeping your focus and staying grounded. These work to center yourself and are great tools for healing from trauma.
  • Stay healthy. Eating well, staying active, and taking care of yourself inside and out keeps your body functioning in its highest capacity. Being sick or weak has a tendency to undermine your progress and can lead to depression and frustration, so do what you can to improve your health and maximize your level of self-care.

 

People dealing with recovery often have had traumatic experiences in their past. Treatment and recovery often relate to healing past trauma, as well. Addressing traumatic incidents will increase the effectiveness of your treatment and will lead to a positive, healthy recovery.

Women between the ages of 18-65 are welcome to join our community and sisterhood at Villa Tranquil Recovery. Come spend time in our beautiful home located in Jupiter Farms, Florida after your primary care treatment program. For information, call:  (561) 294-0427