Now that we have addressed trauma/stress responses and some tips that may help with them, I want to give you an essential step for helping you heal and improve your stress responses. Before I address this key step, I want to encourage you to seek therapy or counseling for additional guidance and support as you move through the healing process.
You can also partner with your local Naturopathic doctor for support. One of the most vital but often neglected parts of your healing journey is to allow yourself time to process your thoughts and feelings regarding trauma/traumatic experiences. Take the time to “sit with” those feelings and thoughts. Do not immediately disregard or push past them.
Often we run from the thoughts and feelings that adverse experiences evoke, not realizing that we are training ourselves to practice avoidance and suppression; if you remember from my previous post, this can make matters worse. Instead of confronting the issue, we allow the body to develop a hyper-awareness and aversion to anything that resembles our traumatic experiences. Our danger signals turn on, and we enter our stress/traumatic response patterns.
Giving yourself the space and opportunity to sit with your feelings and emotions without judgment allows your mind and body to process and heal as they should. This step will enable you to analyze and make sense of your feelings aside from the perceived threat. You do not have to stay in that space for extended amounts of time. Just allow yourself a few minutes to feel and process. Sometimes the thoughts and feelings that may arise can be overwhelming, which is why I must again emphasize the importance of partnering with a professional to assist you with your healing journey.
If you are prone to anxiety and/or depression, you may want to consider completing this type of exercise with a therapist present before trying it on your own.