Everyone experiences emotional distress from time to time. It’s inevitable. There are constant ups and downs in life that are beyond draining. For some, though, that emotional stress can go beyond the ordinary obstacles that life throws at us. There’s a point when ordinary stress becomes extraordinary, crossing the line into what we know to be “emotional trauma”. This pain can be so deep that it becomes written into our DNA, changing the course of our lives forever.
Those who experience extremely stressful or disturbing events may be left with feelings of helplessness, like they’re emotionally out of control. That feeling is a standard feature of the overall experience of emotional trauma.
Psychological trauma of any magnitude can leave you struggling with unsettling emotions, anxiety and memories that won’t go away. It may leave you feeling numb, untrusting, and entirely disconnected. All of this is your brain’s response to a particularly negative event (or events), and it can take some time to get over the pain before you feel safe and at-ease again.
Emotional trauma is no small matter, but you can come back from it. You can emerge stronger than you were before.
With understanding of what your psyche is going through and the aid of some self-help strategies, you can speed the healing process after emotional trauma.
What is Emotional Trauma?
Emotional trauma, as previously mentioned, is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that essentially shatter your stability and sense of security. Most often when we think of “trauma,” we think of experiences that involve a threat to life or safety, but trauma can be any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated. It doesn’t even have to be related to physical events.
Trauma isn’t about the objective facts; it’s about your subjective emotional experience of an event. Nobody can tell you how painful an event is, except for you.
What Causes Emotional Trauma?
Emotional trauma can really be caused by any number of situations. Some of these causes include:
- Ongoing, relentless stress, like battling a life-threatening illness, living in a crime-ridden area, or even enduring an extended moving process
- Extraordinary, one-time events, like accidents, injury, violent attack or natural disaster
- Sudden or unexpected causes, like a sudden death in the family, a breakup, a humiliating or disappointing experience
What are the Manifestations of Emotional Trauma?
Everyone reacts to emotional trauma in their own way. Our bodies and psychological reactions are often unexpected and wide-ranging. Symptoms often include:
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected or numb
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and fear
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- Guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Insomnia and/or nightmares
- Difficulty concentrating
- Racing heartbeat
- Edginess and agitation
- Aches and pains
- Muscle tension
The good news is that extreme emotional trauma symptoms usually last for fairly short periods of time, a few days to a few months as they gradually fade away through the healing process.
With Help, You Can and Will Recover
Of course, painful memories and the emotions associated with them can still pop back up from time to time. However, there are a few recovery tips that you can put into practice to help you begin your journey on the road to recovery.
- Get moving. Just getting up and moving can make all of the difference when going through the healing process. Exercise helps stimulate your nervous system to get you “unstuck” from your body’s “shutdown” response from the traumatic experience. Enter the flow of routine gentle yoga classes, meditation practice, aromatherapy, Healing gentle type proper supplementation. Locate a naturopathic physician that you fully trust.
- Don’t isolate. When you experience trauma, your natural instinct is to withdraw from others, but that only makes things worse. Connecting with others and nurturing relationships will help you heal. Take good care of yourself and keep your heart chakra Open. Surrounding yourself with other beings creates the Oneness that is to manifest freely. Connection aids in depth of Healing.
- Take care of your health. When your body is happy and healthy, your soul is happy and healthy. The key is to get plenty of sleep/rest, eat a well-balanced diet, reduce stress in your life, and avoid depressants like drugs and alcohol. Also, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine & the like are important. Ongoing massage therapy is essential to your unique process of healing as well as deep breathing & collecting stones. Crystals are extremely healing especially at this time. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat PTSD & the like.
Recovering from trauma takes time, and everyone heals at their own pace. No matter your situation, however, you deserve to be fully supported along the way. Put yourself in a healing environment, surrounded by a healing team of people that you trust! It’s key to feel emotionally as well as physically supported. Give your body time as Healing is a process not an event. Be patient with yourself, allowing loving-kindness to flow into all areas of life.
Whether you experienced extreme trauma twenty years ago or yesterday, you can make healing changes, and move on with your life. It all starts with a basic understanding of what your mind, body and soul are going through and a little patience and perseverance to keep working through it one day at a time.
If you are faced with the lingering effects of emotional trauma, we would love to support you in the healing process. Our team has a heart for gently guiding women and men of all ages out of their painful ruts and into a lighter, happier way of life. Contact us today to book your consultation.