What is trauma and is it affecting me now?

Have you had unstable childhood, a car accident, a rape or violent assault, if these are in your past they may be affecting your present health right now. These are all incidents just a few examples, that made you believe that you are in danger of being seriously injured or losing your life. Research has shown that these events can trigger emotional and even physical reactions that can make a sprained her number of different health conditions including stroke, heart attack, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

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Ways in which trauma can happen include:

  • Living in a traumatic atmosphere
  • Witnessing harm to somebody else
  • A one off or an ongoing event
  • Being directly harmed
  • Discrimination
  • Being affected by trauma in a family or community.

What happens when you’ve experienced a traumatic event?

During a traumatic event your body’s defences take affect and create a stress response which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms. This is called a fight or flight response when your body produces chemicals which prepare your body for an emergency and it can lead to symptoms such as increased heart rate, raised blood pressure, reduce stomach activity causing loss of appetite, increased sweating. These are normal responses as it’s your body is incredible way of responding to an emergency making it easier for you to fight or run away.

It is very usual for people directly after the event to experience shock and denial and I see this in my clinic so many times when I’m working with emotional freedom technique or Reiki. There can be a range of other feelings such as anger guilt and sadness and if these persist they can lead to more serious mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

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It is important to turn to others for support and sometimes it is difficult to talk to friends or family after a traumatic event especially if it was involvement with family. Sometimes people need space to process it however it is important to be around other people when you feel able to as they can often help with your recovery and well-being. It is important to look after your health and well-being this may be including taking a break or some time away to deal with your experience. In my experience it is always vital to keep a healthy diet and stay away from alcohol or drugs which normally can make the situation worse.

It is important to seek professional help if you are experiencing symptoms that are affecting your day-to-day life as soon as possible so you can begin to get better. The first approach should be your family doctor or GP but if you want to try out a new therapy that you have never tried before then I highly recommend emotional freedom technique called EFT tapping. I am a qualified certified EFT practitioner and have worked with a wide range of clients via Skype or Zoom or in person in my Darlington based clinic in County Durham. I would love to help you release anything that’s blocking you from living your life as you deserve it, in Joy peace and abundance. My website to book for any emotional treatments is www.myvibrantvibes.com I’m so looking forward to seeing you all working with you let’s get your power back today!