It is helpful to begin by understanding that your body reacted normally to an
abnormal, frightening event. All of the systems of the body went into fight-flight-freeze mode, and your brain released a cascade of chemicals to help you to
Sometimes when that happens the brain can’t do its other jobs, like processing the event so that the body knows the event is over. Sometimes the trauma or fear gets stuck. Images might stay intense, smells might trigger panic, sounds might also trigger panic as if things are frozen in time and you aren’t safe
Research shows that most people will heal by themselves. In other cases,
especially if the body was hurt in the trauma, you might need the help of an energy therapist. There are certain things you can do to aid your own
Here are some ideas that can help
1. Use all of your senses to help you. Play soothing music, light a candle, take a
bubble bath, get out in the sunshine. Seek safe physical contact. Hug each other. Talk to your body/mind. Tell it is safe now by saying an affirmation (ex: I am safe and loved, all is well)
2. Exercise helps to release endorphins in the body. Walk, move the body, swing your arms back and forth.
3. Breathe deeply, sending oxygen all the way to the bottom of the lungs. That
brings more oxygen up to the brain, which sends a signal that you are safe again. In the trauma, many people hold their breath without realizing it. Deep breathing restores the feeling of safety.
4. Eat healthy. Your body has been in a shock. It needs help to recover.
5. Sleep may be disturbed. Your brain is trying to process the trauma to help you know that it is over. However, sometimes you wake up having nightmares interrupting the processing. If you sleep through the nightmare and wake up in the morning, that is a good sign the brain is better able to do its job. If you wake up in the middle of it very afraid, then the processing is interrupted. At that point it might be helpful to use some of the Energy Psychology techniques to calm the body down, and help you to sleep.
6. Avoid alcohol or medications. While they may initially put you to sleep, or ease the emotional stuff, they will disturb the processing that the brain can do to heal
7. Limit how much trauma you watch on TV. Stop watching the NEWS.
Distract yourself with more hopeful things like chanting, drumming, meditation, yoga, dance or laughter.
8. Be active. Don t sit around. Do something that empowers you, rebuild something, Trash or donate items that no longer fit into your life. Take action in a positive direction.
9. Begin a gratitude journal, even though it may be hard at first. Start with just a few people or things you are grateful for.
10. Learning and use simple Energy Psychology techniques like NLP or EFT to help your body calm down. Make an appointment with me even if you feel like it may be too hard. The healing process requires the hard stuff be revealed and dealt with and Mind-Body therapies assist with this in a much kinder and quicker way than any other therapy I am aware of.