Updated: Dec 29, 2022
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
Emotional and psychological traumas are the result of extremely stressful events that leave us feeling unsafe and disconnected from everyone around us. They leave us feeling helpless, powerless, and overwhelmed. Many people also experience painful feelings and memories as well as anxiety that won’t go away.
Just like the traumas that the body endures, we need to recognize that we each experience a range of emotional traumas as the result of life’s many hardships. Emotional trauma is suffered by the mind, heart, or spirit. It can stem from any number of experiences, including:
Loss of a loved one through death
A bad breakup or divorce
Surviving abuse or emotional neglect
Sudden financial hardships
Loss of property
Personally have experienced four of the above listed. Therefore have an understanding of where and how to help my clients move forward with emotional traumas.
Emotional traumas can often be difficult to detect because to symptoms manifest differently from person to person. Some might fall into a deep depression and pull away from everyone.
Others might mask their pain with drugs, alcohol, or some other acting-out behaviors. Many people might appear to carry on as if it’s business as usual.
Issues of the mind and heart are harder to detect. Therefore, they are easier to hide from the outside world.
As a result, we fool ourselves into dismissing, ignoring, or avoiding them in an effort to convince ourselves that we are okay and should just “move on”.
But just like any physical wound, a broken heart requires attention, care, love, and healing. We must go through an emotional healing process.
HOW TO HEAL YOURSELF EMOTIONALLY FROM TRAUMA OR TRAGEDY
The best course of action for healing old emotional wounds is to be an active participant in your healing process. Here are three tips for healing emotional wounds to recover from trauma:
Healing Trauma Tip #1: Practice Identifying The Cause Injuries to our mind, heart, and spirit must first be identified and acknowledged before they can be treated.
So often we walk around carrying pains we don’t even remember picking up. We carry them with us through life. Sometimes, this pain begins in early childhood and stays with us as we navigate adulthood. Other times, sudden shifts or unexpected life changes throw us into a crisis of identity that leaves us feeling lost.
Either way, you will not be able to release the pain you have been carrying if you don’t know that you’re holding onto it. You cannot heal an emotional wound that you invalidate or resist acknowledging.