All of us have experienced some kind of emotional trauma in our life. Sometimes the trauma is light and sometimes it is severe with a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.
Different events can trigger emotional traumas. Losing someone you love or the job you need, going through a divorce or financial crisis, can damage you emotionally. Failures and catastrophic life events can put a barrier on your ability to leave your comfort zone.
Emotional trauma can impair your psychological health
Emotional trauma makes us bitter and hopeless. We lose the sense of connection to the rest of the world, so we crave isolation and detachment from ourselves and others. It affects our self-esteem, motivation, and ability to form meaningful connections. We feel overly anxious and insecure, with fears that we’ve never had before. It also leads to neglecting our own needs and dreams.
Sometimes we feel we are too damaged and will never get better. Sometimes the pain and suffering are so big that we think will last forever. But, just like most things in life, emotional traumas can heal with time – if we allow it.
We may become addicts to lessen the pain that emotional trauma causes
It is a fact that all addictions are triggered by some traumatic event. But substance abuse is never the solution as it only creates more problems. The excessive use of drugs and alcohol can make worse our overall health. That’s why people who have addiction problems must go through a short or long rehabilitation to heal.
Traumatic events can make us feel stuck and impossible to move on
The misery that emotional trauma brings feels so real that many people can not take the person or situation out of their head. We often ask ourselves what we have done wrong and what we could have done differently to prevent the chaos that happened. We usually beat ourselves up over things we may not have control over.
Letting go and accepting what has happened plays an important part in healing emotional trauma
The first step you need to take is to accept your feelings and all that has happened to you. Maybe you feel like there is something wrong with you. But it is important to not accept these feelings and thoughts. They are just a consequence that trauma brings. We can fully recover only when we allow ourselves to accept everything and let it go.
In your darkest moments, it is crucial to not isolate yourself from people who care about you. You should do the opposite – surround yourself with those who can give you support and guidance. Also, you should not hesitate to seek professional help. Talking with a therapist can help you a lot in your healing process.
Meditation can be of great help
Meditation can teach you how to live fully in the moment, without dwelling on bad things that have happened to you in the past and worrying about what the future might bring. It can calm down your worrying mind and anxious thoughts. It can also relieve stress and help you to see your situation and your emotions from a higher perspective.
Meditation can really increase your self-awareness and the power to accept everything without judgment.
Physical exercise can help your body recover faster
Physical exercise can give us more self-confidence because it releases serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that help us to combat stress and improve our mood.