We’ve all been through some form of trauma at some point.
Emotional trauma, on the other hand, is much more common than you might think. Trauma or emotional trauma may have occurred that you didn’t even realize you were suffering with.
In the aftermath of losing a loved one or experiencing a traumatic experience, people are more likely to view their surroundings and the people around them as potential threats. Terror, even if it doesn’t cause physical injury, can be traumatic for those who experience it.
We become numb, distant, and unable to believe in others as a result of emotional trauma.
We’ve lost our sense of security. It won’t come back until we’ve endured the pain for a long time. Psychological trauma can leave us with unpleasant memories, worry, or other undesired emotions. All of your personal connections could be affected by it at this time.
Many people experience long-term mental problems as a result of trauma, which cause our minds and bodies to be shocked. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, you may have a wide range of emotions.
As a result, how do we deal with this situation?
Emotional trauma comes in a variety of shapes and forms.
There are many of us who are dealing with some form of emotional trauma, but we may not be aware of how widespread it is. It can have a significant impact on us because when we lose someone or something we cherish, or if we experience a stressful incident that upends our entire world as the pandemic did, we may begin to perceive the world as threatening.
There are many common types of emotional trauma that you may be able to identify with such as:
- the death of a loved one or the loss of your own health
- losing your job or retirement
- a divorce
- a breakup
- the loss of a friendship
- moving or selling your house
You may have experienced a post-traumatic stress disorder, which I prefer to look at as an opportunity to have post-traumatic growth.
Most of us, on the other hand, cope with it in a way that is quite stressful.
These factors can cause us to become angry or irritable or reactive or even depressed or burnt out. They can also lead to substance abuse, depression, and a host of other issues. Furthermore, if you don’t address these issues, you’ll end up being more reactive than receptive toward other people. If you’re prone to losing your temper, you may begin to doubt your own judgment and the judgment of others. You’ll be angry and abrasive.
To overcome trauma, there are a few things we can do.
1) You need to be able to heal yourself.
Sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re in need of aid until someone else points it out to us.
The first step is to recognize that you are dealing with emotional trauma. This can be difficult, as many people try to ignore their trauma or pretend it doesn’t exist. However, ignoring emotional trauma will only make it worse in the long run.
Once you have recognized that you are dealing with emotional trauma, you need to start working on healing yourself.
2) You must be open to receiving help.
Being open to getting the help of an expert, such as a coach or a professional is an important step. One of the most common misconceptions about trauma and its impact on people is that it is only experienced by those who have been traumatized themselves.
It can be difficult to reach out for help, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many people who have been through similar experiences and who understand what you are going through.
There are also many professionals who are trained to help people deal with emotional trauma. If you are struggling, do not hesitate to seek out the help of a therapist or counselor. These professionals can provide you with the support and guidance you need to heal. Remember, emotional trauma is not something you have to face alone.
3) Practice meditation and mindfulness.
Mindfulness meditation is a form of mindfulness practice in which you focus your attention on the present moment and your own internal experience. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without judgement. This can be a helpful practice when dealing with emotional trauma because it can help you to become more aware of your triggers and how to cope with them.
It can also help you to develop a greater sense of self-compassion and understanding. When you are able to be more mindful of your own experience, you can start to see the patterns that may be causing you distress and begin to develop new coping mechanisms. Mindfulness meditation is a tool that can be used to help you deal with emotional trauma in a more healthy and productive way.
4) The power of visualization.
The mind is a powerful tool. Just as our thoughts can influence our actions and behavior, they can also have a profound impact on our emotions. When we are dealing with emotional trauma, the power of visualization can be a helpful tool in helping us to heal.
The act of visualization can help to break the cycle of negative thinking that often accompanies trauma. In addition, visualization can help us to access buried memories and feelings that we may be repressing. By revisiting these memories in a safe and supportive environment, we can begin to work through them and start to heal the emotional wounds that they have caused.
As soon as we can calm our minds and feel the knowledge of what we can learn through acceptance, and begin a new way of living, it will be a great benefit to us.
5) Increasing your physical activity.
Emotional trauma can be a deeply distressing and debilitating experience. It can leave us feeling completely overwhelmed, unable to cope with everyday life. One of the most effective ways of dealing with emotional trauma is through physical activity.
Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. It also helps to improve sleep quality and reduces stress levels. Furthermore, exercise can help to increase energy levels and improve concentration. This is vital for those who are struggling to process and make sense of their trauma. By engaging in regular physical activity, we can start to take back control, regain our strength, and heal our emotional wounds.
Getting some of that bottled-up energy out in the fresh air and doing something physical can be a huge help when it comes to healing from trauma. Trusting yourself, your loved ones, and the therapist or coach you work with will take time, as will the rehabilitation process itself.
Forgiving yourself, forgiving others, and accepting that the emotional trauma is not your fault are all ways of enabling yourself to be loved once again.
The five steps we’ve outlined provide a solid foundation for anyone looking to overcome emotional trauma. However, it is important to remember that these are just guidelines. Everyone’s journey to healing is different and there is no wrong or right way to do things. Be patient with yourself, allow yourself the time you need to heal and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.