Be Aware of These 7 Physical Signs Your Body Is Releasing Trauma

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Cheryl has been working in the private Mental Health and Addiction treatment world for 30 years, as a clinician, clinical director, program founder, program administrator, and facility decorator!

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Be Aware of These 7 Physical Signs Your Body Is Releasing Trauma

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Trauma can manifest in various psychological and physical ways, often lying dormant until triggered by specific events or conditions. Recognizing the physical signs of trauma release can be crucial for healing and recovery. 

Understanding these physical signs and recognizing them as part of the healing process can empower you to take appropriate steps toward recovery. It’s important to approach healing with patience and self-compassion, as the body’s timeline for releasing trauma can vary greatly. 

Professional support from therapists, coupled with a supportive network of friends and family, can make a substantial difference in successfully navigating this journey.

Here are seven physical signs that may indicate your body is releasing trauma:

1. Sudden Emotional Outbursts

Sudden emotional outbursts can occur when the body starts to process and release stored trauma. These emotional releases might seem disproportionate to the situation at hand and can include crying, yelling, or laughing hysterically. 

Such outbursts are the body’s natural way of relieving the pressure that has built up over time due to unprocessed emotions. During these episodes, it’s essential to provide a safe space for yourself or others to express these emotions without judgment. Support from a therapist or a counselor can be invaluable in navigating these intense emotional waters.

2. Unexpected Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness can often accompany the release of trauma. These symptoms may arise seemingly out of nowhere and can be perplexing to those experiencing them. The nervous system, having been in a prolonged state of alert, begins to normalize, causing various physical reactions. 

It’s important to consult healthcare professionals to rule out other causes, but understanding that these symptoms could be linked to trauma can provide significant relief and pave the way for appropriate healing strategies.

3. Fatigue

Intense fatigue can indicate that your body is working hard to heal internally. Processing traumatic events, especially those long-buried, requires a significant amount of mental and physical energy. This fatigue may manifest regardless of how well you sleep or rest, making everyday activities feel unusually challenging. 

Acknowledging this fatigue and allowing yourself to rest are vital steps in the healing process. It’s also beneficial to engage in activities that replenish your energy, such as gentle exercises, meditation, and connecting with nature.

4. Changes in Sleep Patterns

Trauma can significantly disrupt normal sleep patterns, leading to insomnia or the opposite—excessive sleeping. As trauma surfaces, you might find yourself haunted by nightmares or unable to sleep despite being tired. On the other hand, some might sleep longer hours, using sleep as a refuge from painful memories. 

Recognizing changes in your sleep habits can help you take proactive steps towards establishing a healthier sleep routine, an essential component of the recovery process.

5. Hypersensitivity to Stimuli

A heightened sensitivity to external stimuli such as loud noises, bright lights, or certain textures is common when trauma is being released. This hypersensitivity is due to the nervous system’s heightened state of alert, which trauma induces. 

Creating a calm, controlled environment and gradually exposing oneself to various stimuli can help desensitize the nervous system and reduce overall sensitivity.

6. Gastrointestinal Issues

The gut is incredibly sensitive to emotional distress and trauma. Issues like stomach cramps, diarrhea, constipation, or other digestive problems can manifest when the body begins to process and let go of trauma. These symptoms reflect the body’s attempt to expel stress and restore balance. 

Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and practicing stress-reduction techniques such as yoga and mindfulness can support the digestive system and aid in the healing process.

7. Muscle Aches and Pains

The body often holds trauma in specific muscle groups, leading to tension and pain as these emotions are released. You might experience unexplained muscle aches, sudden stiffness, or even feelings of heaviness in your limbs.

Physical therapies such as massage, acupuncture, or gentle stretching exercises can be effective in relieving these physical manifestations of trauma. Engaging regularly in such therapeutic activities not only helps alleviate pain but also facilitates a deeper release of the emotional burdens tied to traumatic experiences.

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CEO, Co-founder and Partner
Cheryl has been working in the private Mental Health and Addiction treatment world for 30 years, as a clinician, clinical director, program founder, program administrator, and facility decorator!

Liz Lund, MPA

Liz is originally from lush green Washington State. She is a life enthusiast and a huge fan of people. Liz has always loved learning why people are the way they are. She moved to UT in 2013 and completed her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2016. After college Liz worked at a residential treatment center and found that she was not only passionate about people, but also administration. Liz is recently finished her MPA in April 2022. Liz loves serving people and is excited and looking forward to learning about; and from our clients here at Corner Canyon.
When Liz is not busy working she love being outdoors, eating ice cream, taking naps, and spending time with her precious baby girl and sweet husband.