How trauma lives/gets trapped in the body

Our bodies receive trauma as a shock. To be safe, releasing this shock is key. But if stored for some time, the shock can bridge mental and physical problems. When trauma occurs, the memory processing function stops temporarily and the experience is perceived as picture remains of body sensations. The information may not fit in the memory system since it is unprocessed. A person experiences uneasiness, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Practical at-home solutions to release trauma

Intentional movement is vital to ease stored trauma. It creates a sense of safety in the body, helping mitigate unprocessed emotions. You can dance, stretch, or try meditation walking.

Sorting the past traumas

Past trauma, including child abuse, rejection, or bullying can manifest through depression, self-blaming, and blaming others. I recommend grieving with a mindset that you can never acquire what you deserved. Then, create an adaptive technique, such as becoming independent, as a coping strategy. You may feel isolated, but remember it is your choice. This way, you can determine the source of the problem- isolation, and develop better techniques for accomplishing your needs.

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Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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