Read about adaptogens for stress, the Limbic System, a poem to read and the power of being outside.
This is a list of monthly “trauma recovery tips” from a trauma specialist to help you reduce the effects of trauma and chronic stress on your life so you can live from a place of healing, hope and happiness.
Healing from trauma is a different process for each person. As a trauma-focused therapist I never tell my clients to do anything that I haven’t tried or use regularly in my life. I have learned over the years through experience, research, feedback from clients and insights from other professional’s successful ways of healing emotional wounds as well as managing persistent stress. What I share with you here is both cutting edge and tried-and-true techniques for healing.
Trauma Tip #1
Adaptogens. They are herbs and mushrooms that fortify, nourish and support our endocrine system. They help you counteract the effects of stress in your body by normalizing your adrenal function and nourishing your endocrine system. These powerful allies can help you through your most stressful times. They help you build resistance to stress and modulate the fight-flight-or-freeze response. My favorites are Tulsi Basil and Ashwagandha. I take these on a daily basis to help with stress.
Trauma Tip #2
Reading the book. The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller
Trauma Tip #3
The Brain. Limbic System: The Middle Level: “Emotional Brain”- This is where things either go right or wrong. Very black and white, safe or unsafe, in assessing information, people and situations. No logic. Feelings/emotions are experienced in the cortex and/or body. Sets the emotional tone of the mind. This is where the Hypothalamus and Amygdala (Fight/Flight) are located. The Amygdala sets the emotional tone of the mind and is crucial for emotional processing.
Trauma Tip #4
“If you let go a little – you will have a little happiness.”
“If you let go a lot – you will have a lot of happiness.”
“If you let go completely – you will be free.” Ajahn Chah
Trauma Tip #5
Go outside- Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin.
This information is provided by Lemecia Lindsey, LICSW. Lemecia has dedicated her private counseling practice to helping clients heal from trauma. She specializes in EMDR therapy, Neurofeedback and is an Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider.
*This list is not a substitute for medical intervention. Consult with a doctor to decide what is best for you.