For many people, trauma becomes a way of life – it is how things have always been. For others, it’s a cycle that holds them hostage like a door to a washing machine. But, for everyone, in order to heal from trauma, you have to know what it is.

Think about it: How can you break away from something you don’t understand? How can you differentiate between such things as abuse and love if you can’t even see good from bad?

Trauma is tricky - and it is nearly impossible to see when you are in the midst of it. One of the only ways to stop it is by personally encountering a glimpse of hope, joy, and/or confidence. In fact, this tiny bit of empowerment is what gives you the boost of strength to fight through the trauma to reach the peaceful life that you so deserve. In other words, taking the first step can help you lead to more.

Trauma is your response.

Trauma is your response to a negative event. Trauma is not necessarily the horrible event itself – or even a series of events, but rather your reaction to them.

How are you handling the traumatic event?

How does it affect your life?

Are you able to continue through with your daily routine?

Have you had to change your normal routine in life due to unwanted feelings or behaviors resulting from a traumatic event?

Do you find yourself avoiding specific people or places?  

Sometimes, even when you think a negative event doesn’t affect you, it does. And, this can be incredibly dangerous.

A painted picture of trauma.

Trauma reveals itself in various forms. One’s picture of trauma can greatly differ from another’s. You are a unique individual with a special set of traits and characteristics all your own. Experiences that may hurt you or may be viewed as traumatic may differ from someone else’s experiences.

In all, however, trauma comes from a negative experience or event. These may include:

  • Rape or molestation

  • Sexual abuse

  • Physical abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • A natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado, or hurricane.

  • An act of terrorism, both directly or indirectly.

  • Domestic violence

  • Dating violence

  • Victim of a crime such as a burglary, mugging, shooting, assault

  • Bullying

  • A car accident or serious injury

Whether it is one small traumatic event or an entire series over a great length of time, your body’s reaction can leave you in a dark place void of joy. That is how powerful trauma is.

The many symptoms of trauma.

Trauma can leave you with symptoms that may include:

Physical symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Pale complexion

  • Listlessness

  • Lack of concentration

  • Increased heart rate

Emotional symptoms:

  • Anger

  • Emotional outbursts

  • Denial

  • Sadness; void of happiness

  • Inability to focus

  • Lack of concern or care

Some even find themselves diagnosed with psychological disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depression, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These are mental health disorders whose symptoms are commonly found with someone who has experienced a trauma.

It is important to remember that trauma is ugly – and it is painful. Being clinically diagnosed with a condition does not take away from your strength. In fact, it adds to it because you are facing your struggles and you are seeking a better life; a healthier, happier life.

Healing from trauma.

Healing from trauma is no easy feat. Luckily, you possess a great amount of power – didn’t you know? You can see yourself where you are and where you are going. You can recognize your trauma and let it go, replacing that pain and hurt with joy and love. You can transform your life and blossom into the person you always wanted to be.

Sure, it is going to be hard work. And, it is going to cause you to make some hard changes, but positive change is possible. You will have to learn to take responsibility for the trauma you experienced. Own it - then, grow from it.

How does that sound?

Perhaps you cannot see these things just yet. And maybe you think you never will. But, with the help and guidance of a certified life coach, you can.

If you are ready to take a step that will change your life – and help you find Heaven where ever you are standing, then it is time. Contact Janine Naus, your life coach that has been through the trauma and has transformed from it. She wants to help you live your best, joy-filled life.

Don’t you think it is time to let go?