Ways Trauma Shapes Our Well-Being and How to Heal

Did you know that there’s a pretty significant connection between trauma and health?

Moments that leave you in emotional distress — that's trauma. It’s not a one-size-fits all event either. Trauma can show up after anything that alters our current state of reality.

The effects of trauma can seep into every aspect of our being, including our physical and mental well-being, in ways we might not even realize.

The Internal Disruption of Trauma

Trauma tends to linger well after the event that caused it, and while its scars may not always be visible, its impact ripples deep within us.

Strain brought on by trauma that can disrupt our sleep, affect our appetite, and even influence the way our bodies respond to stress, which in turn can cause chronic illness. From autoimmune conditions to digestive issues, the effects of trauma can linger.

And, although our minds may seem to move on, or temporarily push trauma to the side, our bodies hold onto the memories of past pain, turning it into physical pain.

How Trauma Shapes Our Behavior

Trauma doesn't just mess with our bodies — it messes with our minds too.

Cycles of negative self-talk or self-destructive behaviors could be trauma coming to the surface. Deep-seated beliefs about our worthiness can come across in every aspect of our lives, from the way we interact with others to the way we care for ourselves.

It may be difficult to uncover trauma-related actions, but once defined, there are steps we can take to heal.

A Path to Healing

The number one thing to remember is that healing is possible. Seriously, it is.

By embracing practices like mindfulness, self-compassion, and seeking support from others, we can begin to untangle the knots of trauma and reclaim our health and happiness.

It's not always easy, and it definitely takes time, but with patience and persistence, we can combat the effects of trauma.

Onward and Upward

So, here's to the journey ahead — to the bumps in the road, the moments of stillness, and the small victories along the way.

Remember, you are not alone in this. Together, we can face our traumas head-on and emerge stronger on the other side.