On trauma

Traumatized people
live in traumatized bodies.

Healing
is an embodied experience.

Exhausted people
live in exhausted bodies.

Anxious people
live in anxious bodies.

Traumatized people
live in traumatized bodies.

 

Stressful and traumatic experiences change us in physiological ways.

The change the way our brains are wired, the thickness of our amygdalae, the size of our hippocampus.

They change the way our genes are expressed, our heart rate variability, our immune and endocrine functioning, the way our autonomic nervous system responds to stress.

And yet, there is this mentality that with enough willpower, enough affirmations and positive thinking and cognitive reframing we should be able to „fix“ ourselves, to push through.

When in reality, healing requires the opposite: safe spaces, nonjudgmental acceptance, body awareness, mindful movement, trusting relationships, slow breathing, emotional expression, deep rest.

Stressful and traumatic experiences change our mind-body system so we can survive danger.

Healing and recovery processes change our mind-body system so that we can feel joy and fall in love, so we can play and dance and laugh, so we can bounce back from stress and cope with adversity, so we can experience the richness and vastness and fullness of being alive.

 

Nicola Jane Hobbs

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