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Trauma Awareness

In a chaotic world, I want to shed some light on the conversation no one wants to talk about, trauma. Everyone at some point in there life suffers from some type of trauma, whether it be big or small, long term or short term.

Acute trauma results from a single incident. Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse. Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

Trauma types include; bullying, community violence, complex trauma, disasters, early childhood trauma, intimate partner violence, medical trauma, physical abuse. It's important to heal from our trauma otherwise it can come out in unexpected, unconscious ways, and impact yourself as well as those around you.

Emotional and Psychological symptoms of trauma include: shock, denial, or disbelief, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anger, irritability, mood swings, anxiety and fear, guilt, shame, self-blame, withdrawing from others, feeling sad or hopeless, feeling disconnected or numb.

Severe emotional trauma causes lasting changes in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex region of the brain that is responsible for regulating emotional responses triggered by the amygdala. Specifically, this region regulates negative emotions such as fear that occur when confronted with specific stimuli. Traumatic stress has a broad range of effects on brain function and structure, as well as on neuropsychological components of memory. Brain areas implicated in the stress response include the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex. Preclinical studies show that stress affects these brain areas.

There are five primary principles for trauma-informed care:

1. Safety. This includes creating spaces where people feel culturally, emotionally, and physically safe as well as an awareness of an individual's discomfort or unease.

2. Transparency and Trustworthiness

3. Choice

4. Collaboration and Mutuality

5. Empowerment

Somatic therapy can be very helpful in the healing of trauma. This type of therapy connects the mind and body to help move stuck emotions through the mind and body. Yoga is a very helpful tool as well, because it bridges the mind and body connection, helps to regulate the nervous system, rewires the brain, and teaches you to be embodied. Meditation is another great tool. Meditation can rewire the brain, creating healthy new habits and patterns. Breathing is another important tool to help calm the nervous system and mind. Acupuncture and reiki are also very beneficial in the healing of trauma to help move things through the energy body, and find a state of peace and calm. It's also important to have a support system to communicate with, help you feel connected to community, and have support through the healing process.

At Habit, I recommend the following classes if you're healing from trauma; energy medicine yoga, meditation and movement, and hatha and health.