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Understanding Trauma and Promoting Healing: The Importance of Regulation

Updated: May 10, 2023

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted, dissociated, and like you have no control? It must have been hard to deal with life while going through such situations. Trauma is something that could explain your experience. While Trauma can be understood in various ways, one way to understand it is to see it as the emotional consequences of stressful events. It can be caused by a wide range of events, such as natural disasters, accidents, violence, abuse, or the loss of a loved one.

Trauma not only affects the mind but also leaves physical traces on the body. During a traumatic event, multiple organs that are part of our nervous system get activated to protect us from the threat, such as the heart rate increasing, blood pressure rising, and breathing becoming shallow and rapid. These activated responses can remain in our systems long after the event has passed, resulting in physical symptoms like pain, numbness, digestive issues, and other sensations. When recalling the traumatic event or triggered by reminders of it, the body may react as if the threat is still present, causing physical sensations that can be distressing and uncomfortable. It is as if the body is stuck in the past and cannot acknowledge the present. This is why regulation is such an important aspect of healing from Trauma.

Regulation involves finding ways to manage the physical and emotional responses triggered by reminders of the traumatic event. It can be achieved through various methods, including regular exercise, sleep hygiene, nutrition, body-based therapies like massages, and mind-body-based ones like meditation, Yoga, and deep breathing. For example, engaging in regular exercise can help regulate the body's nervous system by releasing endorphins, which promote feelings of well-being and calmness.

Sleep hygiene involves developing habits that promote quality sleep, such as creating a relaxing sleep environment and establishing a regular sleep schedule. A healthy diet can also be beneficial for regulating the body's nervous system and promoting healing.

Body-based therapies, such as massages, can help release tension and induce relaxation. Mind-body-based therapies, such as meditation and Yoga, can help individuals become more aware of their body's sensations and regulate their breathing patterns, promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

It is important to note that healing from Trauma is a unique and individual process, and what works for one person may not work for another. Seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor who specializes in Trauma can be very beneficial in finding the appropriate techniques and strategies for an individual's specific needs.

If you are struggling with Trauma, seeking therapy with a trauma-informed therapist from hibiscus counselling can be a life-changing decision. They can help you understand your experience and work with you to develop personalised strategies for healing and regulation. Don't let Trauma hold you back from living a fulfilling life. Take the first step towards healing by seeking professional help. Remember, healing is possible, and you deserve to live a life free from the distress of Trauma.

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