What Is Trauma?

September 15, 20223 min read

Everyone has experienced some type of trauma in their lives. This blog post will help you understand the definition of trauma, and how to recognize it’s effects on your body and mind. I’ll also provide a list of resources that can help you cope with traumatic events.

The journey of healing trauma can be a long one. It involves a lot of inner work, care, and most of all, understanding. The first step towards truly recovering from trauma is knowing what it actually is. Because once you unmask your trauma and shed light on it, working through it becomes so much easier.

That’s why I’d like to spend some time discussing what trauma is and how it works. This alone can have a bigger impact on your healing than you might think.

So, what is trauma?

The definition is really simple: Trauma is a physiological response to an overwhelming life event.

It’s important to know that trauma is a natural response. It means your body and mind are doing their best in the moment, given what you were experiencing at time of occurrence or exposure (or both). In other words: You didn’t do anything anything wrong.

When you experience trauma, your body is literally reacting to something that happens in your life. But how does knowing the definition of trauma help you recover from it?

The answer is simple…

You realize that it’s a natural biological response.

Many people don’t understand this at first, which hurts their chances of a full recovery. They believe that trauma is a weakness and that it means they’re not strong enough to overcome it.

If you’ve ever felt this way, you now have a chance to change your perspective.

You’re not weak.

What you’re having is just a natural reaction to an event that you’re exposed to. 

When facing any trauma, your nervous system gets overwhelmed, which is a purely biological reaction. It has nothing to do with how strong you are.

The same goes for the level of trauma that you might be experiencing. There are so many factors that determine how your body processes it. Your window of tolerance, social factors, and availability of resources are some of the biggest. 

If trauma affects you more than it does someone else, it doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you.

Once you know these, you can approach trauma from a place of understanding and compassion. You’ll have a strong foundation for healing your trauma once and for all.

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