Some Thoughts on Ongoing Traumatic Reactions

Don't Lose Hope

Unlearning trauma also means unlearning the behaviors you adopted and inherited as survival tactics.

Traumatic reactions made absolute sense in the aftermath of something shocking and life-changing. But for many of us there comes a time when being triggered so often starts to feel like a life sentence.

So what can we do when we feel this way?

1. The first thing to do is to acknowledge to ourselves that these were very normal, understandable reactions. In fact, they were necessary at the time. They were your brain and body’s way of taking care of you. They were ways of protecting you from further harm and pain.

2. So, thank your brain and body for taking care for you. For being totally committed to protecting you from harm. What they offered was a gift. And you appreciate that gift. You were there for yourself when it really, really…

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