What To Do When Trauma Responses Surface

What To Do When Trauma Responses Surface

Trauma can have a profound impact on a person's life, and it's not uncommon for trauma responses to surface unexpectedly. These responses can take many forms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and avoidance behaviors. When these responses occur, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know what to do. However, there are several things that you and Jennifer Kindera Coaching can do to help manage your trauma response and begin to heal.


Practice Self-Care

Self-care is essential for managing trauma responses. This can include things like eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising, and engaging in activities that you enjoy. It's also important to make sure you are taking care of your emotional and mental well-being by talking to a certified trauma coach like Jennifer Kindera or a counselor and engaging in practices such as mindfulness and meditation.


Seek Support

It's important to remember that you don't have to go through this alone. Reach out to friends and family for support, and consider joining a support group where you can connect with others who have experienced similar trauma.


Use Grounding Techniques

Grounding techniques can be helpful in managing trauma responses. These techniques can include things like deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness exercises. The goal of grounding techniques is to bring your attention back to the present moment and help you feel more calm and centered.


Engage in Somatics

Somatics is a practice that focuses on the connection between the mind and the body. It can be particularly helpful for managing trauma responses because it can help to release the physical sensations and emotions that are stored in the body as a result of trauma. Techniques such as body-centered mindfulness, yoga, and dance/movement techniques can be incorporated as a form of somatics to help the individual connect with and process their trauma experience. This can help to reduce feelings of hyperarousal, improve body awareness and increase the ability to regulate emotions.

It is important to know that healing from trauma takes time and effort, it's not a one-time or one-size-fits-all fix. It's important to give yourself grace and patience as you work through your trauma responses. Finding the right strategies and developing a support system are all essential steps toward healing. And working with a professional like Jennifer Kindera, a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach, who understands the complexity of trauma, can make a big difference. Contact us today to learn more.

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