How To Recover From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Trauma – The Natural Way
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
So what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? According to PTSDuk
“… PTSD is considered to be a psychological injury rather than a mental illness. Neuroanatomical studies have identified changes in major brain structures of those with PTSD — the amygdala and hippocampus – showing that there are significant physical changes within the brain as a result of trauma….”
Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something I have come across a lot in my work as a counsellor, coach, therapist, and healer. And believe me, PTSD has a wide spectrum of causes, symptoms, and challenges. Some of these clients developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after living in horrific events, some from worn-torn countries who saw their family being murdered. Others from the loss of a child, or a one-off event such a car accident. Others had been on the receiving end of some sort mental, physical, emotional or sexual abuse for years. Many things can trigger PTSD.
Every single person suffering from PTSD has their own unique experience. But the level of the abuse, shock or grief doesn’t always equate to the level of Post Traumatic Stress they experienced. The decree of PTSD they suffer depends on many different factors e.g. resilience, their physical, mental, and emotional makeup. Very much how they viewed the situation at the time and what they believe about it today.
The common challenge with sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress is being trapped by the memories of those events, flashbacks, fears of a reoccurence or other harmful event.
The PTSD sufferer is in a constant state of hyperarousal, waiting for danger.
Other common things that happen are that the victims hold on to trauma in the energetic body or that the energetic body is not fully in the body (not grounded). This is very common in those who have suffered a lot of physical, mental or emotional trauma, abuse, life-threatening conditions, or chronic illness. As well as those that are highly sensitive or highly empathic.
The body can become so physically shocked by the trauma that part of their energetic body wants to go elsewhere. This is also common in babies who have had a very traumatic birth. So their central nervous system becomes a lot more sensitive to their environment. In these sorts of situations it is so important to encourage grounding strategies.
Treating PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
So many people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffer from panic attacks or anxiety disorders. And are taught by some to make certain types of breathing techniques their main focus or strategy. But for many chronic anxiety or PTSD sufferers this isn’t always the best first step, for many reasons. One is that many with anxiety disorders are simply ungrounded and not in the moment. Their rational mind is elsewhere during an episode and many anxiety sufferers can too easily become obsessed about their breathing. I have found many sufferers find some breathing techniques or strategies counter-productive.
Importance of Relaxation Therapy In Trauma Therapy
I always recommend that anyone with an anxiety disorder or PTSD, learn how to relax first. Learn how to really relax and learn proper relaxation techniques. Or visit a fully qualified relaxation therapist our students are taught how to help you be more physically grounded. It is important you learn how to take your awareness into your physical body, like simply feeling your feet in the weight of your shoes and ground. Or if you can stomping into the ground.
Guided meditations and relaxing music can help if they are chosen wisely, many can be very relaxing but not all are grounding. Some frequency music and guided meditation are so focused on opening the higher chakras that they become even more ungrounded. One of the reasons there is so many crazy people in this industry lol. Sadly many healers have no real understanding of PTSD and how to use guided meditations safely and effectively. So choose wisely the scripts you use in guided meditations.
The Benefits of Grounding Techniques For PTSD
In any case of trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it is vital to become more body aware. Do more activities that have a physical and grounding basis. Like mindful walking, gardening, doing things like tai chi, qigong, having plants in your room, using aromatherapy essences and flower essences, eating a high plant-based diet because they naturally have a strong grounding energy.
Bach Flower Essences For Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
But it also worth noting that every single person on earth has had some sort of traumatic experience. We all to some level hold trauma in our body in our subconscious on some level. One bach flower essence that can be useful to support any type of long-term issue or old trauma is Star of Bethlehem. Now its also worth noting that Bach Rescue Remedy also contains Star Of Bethlehem and are a great aid for anxiety, stress, worry, traumatic events, or challenging situations.