What is Emotional Trauma

We can all go through life not fully grasping or understanding, that our experiences can shape, mould and affect us and our lives in so many ways.

Emotional Hurts is everywhere and when we lose someone or something we love or experience a stressful event that breaks apart our sense of security, we can begin to view our environment and those around us as dangerous.

Even if a certain event doesn’t cause us any physical harm, being in a state of fear can still cause us to become traumatized.

Common types of emotional trauma

•    Divorce or relationship breakup

•    Loss of health

•    Losing a job

•    Loss of financial stability

•    Miscarriage

•    Retirement

•    Death of a pet

•    Loss of a cherished dream

•    A loved one’s serious illness

•    Loss of a friendship

•    Loss of safety after a trauma

•    Selling the family home

When we experience Emotional Hurts, we can at times begin to feel numb, disconnected and lose our trust in others. It can take a lot of time for this pain to go away, and for us to feel safe again. If the trauma we’ve experienced is psychological, we may suffer from troubling memories, anxiety and emotions.

Here are some of the most common emotional responses

•    Increased arousal 

•    Post-traumatic stress disorder

•    Avoidance of social settings, friends, loved ones

•    Feelings of anger or irritability, reactiveness

•    Sense of guilt and shame

•    Grief and depression

•    Self-image and views of the world become more cynical

•    Sexual relationships suffer 

•    Drug and alcohol abuse

The emotional responses listed above can make us feel as though we’re going crazy or “losing it”. Have you ever noticed that, following a traumatic event, your physical health begins to show symptoms?

Whether the trauma caused direct physical harm or the heavy energy of pain and negative emotion wore you down, both circumstances are accompanied by deep emotional pain which can make you ill. Insomnia, nightmares, chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, panic attacks, edginess, agitation, muscle tension and a rapid heartbeat are all physical symptoms of emotional stress.

Untreated emotional trauma also has serious side effects.

If unaddressed and left untreated, emotional trauma can result in:

•    Self-destructive and impulsive behaviours

•    Uncontrollable reactive thoughts

•    Feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness, or despair

•    Loss of former belief systems

•    Compulsive behavioural problems

•    Substance use challenges

•    Sexual problems

•    Inability to maintain close relationships or maintain appropriate friendships

•    Hostility and argumentativeness

•    Introversion

•    Feelings of being threatened

Many times, we’re told to focus on ourselves— but that can be much easier said than done. When it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, it’s challenging to even find the strength to lift your leg, and begin putting one foot in front of the other.

In fact, finding the strength to heal from emotional trauma can be utterly exhausting and debilitating at times— however, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your well-being and spiritual health.

Get the right support and be kind to yourself, you are on a journey and with all journeys, there are hills and valleys. We here at life essence understand that and are ready to support you in your journey to healing.

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