Trauma is something that leaves you feeling bereft it’s not just like having a bad day or a bad week, it leaves you feeling floored without knowing how you are able to get over what you have experienced.
Changes are seen in the brain when we deal with trauma – if you have experienced trauma as an adult – you have changes in the smoke detector part of your brain, the alarm bells section…this is called the amygdala.
A traumatic memory is often not a memory it is often a kind of reliving, the experience gets relived. All the feelings that were experienced with the trauma get experienced again, it’s like the time continuum gets collapsed – the sense of time gets wiped out -e.g that was then and this is now.
So it’s important to build that part of your brain that has a sense of time.
How do you do that?
By noticing how things change inside of yourself e.g with yoga. When your yoga teacher asks you to go into a pose. She says you will do this for 7 breaths and you re thinking, I really rather not do it for so long. You do it for a few breaths and think ok I ll try for a few more breaths and a few more and you complete the 7 breaths. You are training your body that everything comes to an end. Everything has a beginning, middle and an end – you rebuild that time sense. Yoga is so great for PTSD and all areas of trauma and stress. Find a class and start practicing.