Reconnecting with Your Body after Trauma
Living through trauma or prolonged periods of stress can sometimes make us feel disconnected ourselves or our own bodies. Especially when our body has been in it's fight or flight response for a long time. Whenever something traumatic happens, our bodies store that trauma in muscular rigidity. For many of us that have experienced trauma, it can feel unsafe to be present in our own bodies. It can feel as if we are disconnected or floating from our own bodies. Our body disconnects as a defense mechanism, protecting us from the psychological pain that accompanies trauma. So how can we reconnect with our bodies while also simultaneously healing from trauma? Here are a few small things that we can do to begin re-claiming our relationship with our bodies:
Positive attention to our bodies through movement. Exercise is a great way to reconnect with our bodies.
Mind-body practices such as yoga or mindful stretching
Practicing sensory awareness through mindfulness (ex: body scan)
Small human contact through hugs, holding hands, back rubs, or cuddling with a loved one
Rubbing calming essential oils on your body
Just know that you are worthy and deserving of a relationship with your body that feels healthy, safe, and grounding. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own bodies. Your trauma does not define you and you are can always re-claim the relationship that you have with yourself no matter what. You are always more resilient and powerful than you think.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog does not substitute for mental health services or financial advice. These are my personal thoughts gained from my experiences and education as a psychotherapist. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.