How can you tell if you have been emotionally traumatised?

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When we think of emotional traumas, what comes to mind is the neglected child, the bullied teenager, the beaten wife. Outrageous stories of abuse that happen to “other people”. However, traumas are really a common phenomenon.

Do you know that most of us have sustained traumas to a certain degree? Most of us are unaware of these traumas and their impact on us. Emotional traumas are stressful incidents that have reduced your capability to function at full capacity. These are usually emotional insults within the family and in society that have created invisible scars and wounds. Just as a person with an injured ankle hobbles around, many of us with our emotional traumas stumble around through life, putting our unfortunate narratives on repeat.

Some signs of emotional trauma are:

  • Black and white thinking. Labelling people in your mind as a simplistic “good” or “bad” is a short cut used by a traumatised mind to process daily experiences with minimal stress. The truth is that most people are doing the best they can within their limited world view, however, that particular “villian” really touched a nerve in you as he/she is triggering a previous traumatising incident. Hence, the knee jerk reaction is to black list the person. This may keep the pain at bay. However, it could also cripple your ability to develop strong relationships with a variety of people.
  • Fatigue and depression. The stress of a trauma can quickly deplete your body of nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, iron and niacin. This significantly lowers your vitality contributing to unexplained fatigue and depression.
  • Self doubt. Emotional traumas generate a lot of self doubt. For example, it may be too painful to admit that your parent really hates you, hence you doubt your perception of the situation. This doubt eventually permeates your overall thinking and weakens your ability to perceive the truth in all situations.
  • Remaining stuck in bad situations instead of getting out. This is related to the points above. Self doubt and fatigue both tend to keep a person too weak and tired to extricate himself from a bad situation.
  • Catastrophic thinking. Repeated emotional insults in the past can wire your brain into a rigid pattern of catastrophic thinking. Any small indicator can be interpreted as leading to the worst possible scenario. This is a major joy kill.
  • Anxiety and phobias. The stress of emotional traumas activates the fight or flight system, and this stressful response can be triggered repeatedly upon unconscious reminders to the original trauma.
  • Narcissism. This is a compensatory mechanism to block out any reminders of past insults and negative feelings of helplessness and inferiority. The damage this incurs within families and society is incalculable.

For us to be the best that we can be, it is imperative to release these traumas from our systems. One of the best ways to do so is through an energetic approach that raises one’s vitality levels to a point where self-healing takes place. It is essentially retracing the path that you have walked and undoing the cords that have tied you down. This can be done with a nutritional balancing and development program, a multi-modal approach that combines diet, lifestyle, individualised supplementation, a mental exercise and detoxification procedures.

No expensive retreats or seminars are required, and it can be done within the comforts of your own home and in your everyday life. As a nutritional balancing practitioner I have seen how this program changes lives and would heartily recommend this to anyone seeking to heal from emotional traumas.

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