Processing your past and healing your mind-body-spirit is an on going practice. But what about when you are right in the thick of things? How do you best care for yourself in the aftermath of a trauma trigger?
I have some tips for you below!
First, how can we tell if we have been triggered? There are some obvious indicators of when our trauma or past wounding has been triggered within us:
The emotional activation - an emotional reaction that doesn't quite fit with the occurrence indicates a past trauma has been activated.
The body activation - your nervous system is responding to something and telling you there is danger ahead.
The mind activation- ruminating thoughts in overdrive, shadow feelings coming through, feelings of being not enough.
If you notice these symptoms happening after an incident then your trauma has been activated and your body is responding to past cues.
Here is what you can do to calm the body down and re center in the heat of the moment:
It is natural for the body to respond in this way- it wants to keep you safe. But this trigger is not the danger your mind/body remember it as.
If you are in need of support then please reach out to me to schedule a 1:1. Having a safe place and person to share with in these moments makes a huge difference.
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The body absorbs emotional energy from others, our experiences, and of course our own internal state. This impacts how we feel and how we think.
If you're feeling blue there is one simple thing you can do to shift your emotional state, and that's MOVEMENT.
Emotional energy needs to be moved to clear out. I'm not tell you to go pump iron or put yourself on a rigid workout regimen. This type of movement has nothing to do with how your body looks and everything to do with how you FEEL.
So try this the next time you feel down- GET UP AND MOVE FOR 20 MINUTES:
Repressed energy in the body turns to dis-ease. Literally making you ill and bringing you further down the rabbit hole.
I know that when we are depressed, doing anything can feel like a chore, do what you can to make this as easy and accessible as possible.
This is how you care for a human. Because after all, you're just a little animal who needs the basics to operate at your highest potential.