In this article, we will talk about how trauma appears on her body, and some of the things we worked on to resolve it. To be honest, I don’t really like most pop psychology about self – esteem. All exercises when you look in the mirror and say nice things to yourself.But at the same time, when you have low self – esteem, you feel that you are never good enough. And your thoughts lie to you and tell you that you are a terrible person. And that can actually contribute to poor mental health and depression.
So if talking in the mirror is not enough, what do you do? Trauma is very common, but despite how common it is, complex wound treatment. And the trauma complex that comes from years of abuse actually affects the brain in long – term ways. But we can divide the trauma treatment into practical steps. It is not so difficult to learn to relieve trauma to the body. Let’s talk about it. But first, take a few slow-breaths. Now, just like that, you are sending a signal to your body that it is possible to activate parasympathetics.
Now, in my previous article, I talked about how trauma sticks to the body. The game / escape / freeze response that runs over and over and is not resolved. And eventually it becomes a habit, essentially a muscle memory that triggers this physiological reaction. Adrenaline and cortisol flow into the body. Slim students. Weather muscles. The heart and lungs pump faster.
The immune and digestive system shut down. When it comes to trauma, our body reacts not only to the current sense of danger or security, but to the past memory of Danger, which is essentially stored in our nervous system. This energized, stressed, hyper-alert reaction becomes habitual. And when it’s chronic, toxic stress harms your body. Exercising mentally and emotionally makes it difficult. But your beautiful, amazing body is not designed to leave you trapped in it. It is designed to heal, repair, connect and restore a sense of security. According to polyvagal theory, there are three states of the nervous system. This is our default mode with security and connection mode.
But when faced with a perceived threat, our nervous system begins to respond to a fight or flight. And you avoid danger, or escape it. But when it seems that the threat is unavoidable and there is no hope to suppress it, your nervous system goes into a state of freezing, shutdown mode. Numbness and freezing. In trauma treatment, our goal is to change the nervous system from being stuck in a fight or flight or shutting down a calm state of security and connection. The more time we spend in this state, the more we train the body to return to a sense of calm and security. In fact, healthier people can switch between the reaction action and safety reaction quite quickly.
And it’s easier to calm the mind first by calming the body. So when I do trauma, I always start with the body. Good. So let’s start talking about the reaction to the shutdown. Good. Thus, the oldest, most primitive is the vagus dorsal response. This is the reaction of freezing and immobilization. When we feel a great threat that we cannot resist or escape, that is what we fail to do. This is an example of how animals play dead or frozen when they cannot escape. When chronic in humans, the person appears exhausted, distracted, numb, disconnected or mentally foggy.
We also annoyed the therapist in the office next to mine. He walked into my session and said, “is the therapist here?” And my client and I called a little later. I. However. You may need to find a quiet place to perform such an activity, right, to get out of the Frost reaction. But movement, such as shaking hands, tapping, tapping, touching, or simply reconnecting with your body, can help you discover that freezing and stopping a reaction. Therefore, the second level of trauma is stuck in combat or flight state or sympathetic state.
And it can look like anxiety, hyperactivity, hyper-wakefulness, hypersensitivity. Therefore, your body is mobilized to deal with threats. So most of the time, when Maria came to the office, she was stuck in this mode. Her hands trembled, her feet trembled, her hands never stopped moving. He found it hard to concentrate. She was nervous. He was not sleeping well. So, at this stage, we worked calmly on his nervous system. We practice tapping, slow breathing, yawning, stretching. Sometimes we want to dance or scream.
And as soon as she started, she learned to calm down and focus on her body. Sometimes she used her skill ground or walked a heavy object, but each of these gradual actions helped her feel a sense of calm. Good. The third condition of the ventricular vagus state. This is the state of security and connection. Some people call it rest and digestion. Others call it feeding and breeding. But this is the state, your body lies, heals, but also gets excited and involved.
Right? so if you feel tension, allow yourself to push. If you feel unstable, exaggerate the vibrations. Your body wants to tell you something and let you process something and resolve it. On the next level is the calmness of the body, that is, the transition from the state of action to the state of peace. You can use your five senses. You can use gentle breathing. You can use progressive muscle relaxation or breathing stimulation. And then you can learn to activate parasympathetic reactions. You can try exercises such as yawning, softening the gaze, relaxing the pelvic floor, and taking deep breaths.
And basically any activity that controls breathing, such as swimming or playing wind organs, all of which can help trigger parasympathetic reactions, as well. And then connect with others to make you feel safe. Eye contact, hugs, listening to the human voice, looking at the expressive face, emotional relationships, sexual intimacy — all of which cause chemical change in your body.
And after relaxing the body, we are engaged in cognitive trauma reconstruction: drawing, speech and writing. When your body is at rest, you can work through the old, painful memories and emotions, and basically interpret them from your new sense of security. So for example: “It hurt me terribly when I was little. It wasn’t my fault. And now I’m an adult and I’m safe.”