Trauma Symptoms Can Be Healed

I have learned that trauma is an injury to the nervous system and like all injuries, it can be healed with time and patience.

Trauma recalibrates your internal warning system, causing panic attacks, anxiety, nightmares, rumination, second-guessing, and withdrawal from life, which are all common symptoms that the body uses to keep you safe.

It wasn’t a conscious choice for me either, it happened on its own when I was in situations where I didn’t feel safe. My first experience with trauma was in my childhood, but I don’t talk about it publicly. My worst was the house fire I had 33 years ago, and then came the cyberbullying by toxic tenants.

I have learned that trauma is a complex and multifaceted experience that can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. It is not just a mental health issue but a physical one as well, as trauma can manifest itself in a variety of ways in the body.

When trauma occurs, the nervous system goes into overdrive, perceiving threats everywhere and activating the body’s fight, flight, or freeze response. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, from hypervigilance and irritability to flashbacks and nightmares. These symptoms are the body’s way of trying to protect itself from perceived danger, but they can also be incredibly debilitating and interfere with an individual’s ability to function in their daily life.

As someone who has experienced trauma myself, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate the aftermath of such a deeply impactful event. The feelings of fear, shame, and helplessness can be overwhelming, and it can often feel like there is no way out of the darkness. But I have also learned that healing from trauma is possible, and it is a journey that requires time, patience, and a willingness to confront the pain and memories that have been buried deep within.

One of the most important things I have discovered on my own healing journey is the importance of self-compassion and self-care. It can be all too easy to fall into a cycle of self-blame and self-criticism after experiencing trauma, but the truth is that these negative thoughts and beliefs only serve to perpetuate the cycle of pain and suffering. By practicing self-compassion and treating ourselves with kindness and understanding, we can begin to reframe our experiences in a more positive light and start to heal from the inside out.

I have also learned the importance of seeking professional help and support when dealing with trauma. Therapy, whether it be individual, group, or trauma-specific, can be incredibly beneficial in helping individuals process their experiences, learn coping mechanisms, and develop healthier ways of relating to themselves and others. It can also provide a safe space to explore and address the underlying issues that may be contributing to the trauma symptoms.

In addition to therapy, I have found that incorporating holistic practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork can be incredibly helpful in soothing the nervous system and promoting relaxation and healing. These practices can help individuals connect with their bodies and minds in a gentle and non-judgmental way, allowing them to release pent-up emotions and tension that may be contributing to their trauma symptoms.

Another important aspect of healing from trauma is building a strong support network of friends, family, and other individuals who understand and respect your experiences. It can be incredibly isolating to go through trauma alone, so having a community of people who can offer emotional support, validation, and understanding can make a world of difference in the healing process. Connecting with others who have experienced trauma can also be empowering, as it can help individuals feel less alone in their struggles and provide a sense of solidarity and shared experience.

I have also learned the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for myself in order to facilitate healing from trauma. This involves setting boundaries with toxic or triggering individuals, creating a calming and comforting space at home, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation. By surrounding myself with positivity and avoiding situations that may re-traumatize me, I am better able to focus on my healing journey and cultivate a sense of inner peace and resilience.

One of the most profound lessons I have learned on my healing journey is the power of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not about excusing or condoning the actions of those who have caused us harm, but rather about releasing ourselves from the burden of carrying anger, resentment, and bitterness. Holding onto grudges and negative emotions only perpetuates our suffering further, so by practicing forgiveness, we can free ourselves from the chains of the past and move forward with grace and compassion.

Ultimately, I have come to understand that healing from trauma is a deeply personal and unique journey that unfolds at its own pace. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is important to honour and respect your own process and to give yourself permission to heal in your own way and in your own time.

I have also learned that healing from trauma is not a linear process, but rather a series of peaks and valleys, twists and turns. There may be times when you feel like you are making great progress, only to be thrown back into the depths of despair by a triggering event or memory. It is important to remember that setbacks are a natural part of the healing journey and to be gentle and patient with yourself as you navigate the ups and downs of recovery.

In conclusion, I have learned that trauma is a deeply complex and multifaceted experience that can have profound and lasting effects on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Healing from trauma is possible, but it requires time, patience, and a willingness to confront the pain and memories that have been buried deep within.

By practicing self-compassion, seeking professional help and support, incorporating holistic practices, building a strong support network, creating a safe and nurturing environment, practicing forgiveness, and honouring your unique healing journey, you can begin to heal from trauma and reclaim your sense of self and well-being.

It is a challenging and sometimes painful process, but with dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to confront the shadows of the past, healing is possible. Trust in yourself, trust in the process, and trust in the inherent resilience and strength that lies within you. You are worthy of healing, you are worthy of love, and you are worthy of a life free from the chains of trauma. Embrace your journey, honour your truth, and know that you are not alone.

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