TRAUMA: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT US?

Did you know that according to a study, around 1 in 3 adults in England have experienced trauma or at least one traumatic event?

So, what can we define as a traumatic event? In short – an experience that puts you, or someone close to you, at risk of serious harm or death. For example, a traffic accident, violence, abuse, natural disaster or a serious illness.

When we experience a traumatic event, our body goes into fight or flight and produces chemicals to prepare your body for an emergency. Symptoms can include high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating, and loss of appetite.

Following the event, you may feel shocked and experience denial. You may also feel sad, anger and guilt. Most people recover from these emotions, but if the feelings continue, it can lead to more serious mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Those with PTSD can feel anxious for years post-trauma. They may have flashbacks or nightmares in which they re-experience the event, they may avoid anything that they associate with the event, experience panic attacks, poor sleep and a lack of concentration. PTSD sufferers may also feel depressed, angry, and misuse drugs or alcohol.

How can you help yourself if you have experienced a trauma?

Firstly, make sure you reach out to those that you trust. Your Social Wellness is vital for your recovery and wellbeing. Physical Wellness is also vital so make sure you are eating a healthy and balanced diet, and that you are doing some physical activity, even if it is just going for a walk around the block.

Our 8Wise ™️ model can help you to not only work through the traumas of the past and develop the tools to manage the stress it has caused, but prepare you to manage any traumas of the future. You can learn more in our new book ‘8 Wise Ways To A Healthier Happier Mind’ which is available to pre-order HERE

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