Everyone is under a prolonged state of stress right now, and as we know, living with stress has serious long term implications on our health.
But it doesn’t have to.
It’s natural for our bodies to go through times of trauma and stress and then rebound to full health.
There are lots of things you can do to mitigate stress and trauma and prevent them from leaving lasting imprints on your body that ultimately deteriorates your health.
Which is important, because if we don’t release the traumas we experience, our cells, organs, tissues and physical body as a whole literally changes.
This is the study of epigenetics — and I’ve seen it play out in clinical medicine over and over again: trauma governs what genes are turned on and turned off, how genes are expressed and used, and literally changes the way the human body functions.
It’s not in your head —
your body is literally physically different after prolonged stress and trauma.
I’m so aware of how acute and prolonged stress affects our health that I’ve written many previous articles on this for you, such as:
- The Good News About Trauma Recovery
- Trauma Changes The Health Of Your Body, But It’s Reversible
- Childhood Trauma Affects Your Adult Health. But It Doesn’t Have To.
- Trauma Increases Headache Risk 4-Fold
- Childhood Trauma Increases Risk Of Self Harm. Here’s Help.
- Trauma Earlier In Life Ups Risk Of Surgery Later… Here’s Why
- OCD May Stem From Birth Trauma
- Need To Boost Your Hopefulness? I’ve Got You
- Reduce Your Overwhelm In 3 Breaths, Right Now With Me
- Your Food Choices Impact Your Anxiety Levels… Here’s What To Look Out For
- Anything Is Possible For Your Health. And I Mean Anything.
- Feel Immediate Relief With Grounding: Relax Your Muscles, Strengthen Your Bones
- Is Your Job Driving You Crazy? You Are Not Alone. Here’s Help.
- The Healing Process Of Grief
- Letting Go Helps You Heal (Here’s How)
Today I’m specifically talking about one of the easiest ways to mitigate trauma and stress as it occurs, and that is through grounding.
Watch this quick 8 min video below to see exactly why grounding is in a unique position to erase stress from your physical tissues, and why I feel that grounding is an absolutely mandatory part of a trauma healing plan:
(Newsletter readers can click here to watch this video on YouTube)
In a nutshell:
Acute stress causes a physical reaction:
- muscles become tense
- heart rate is elevated and circulation is constricted
- digestion shuts down and mouth gets dry
- adrenaline & cortisol surge
- sleep is disrupted
Long term this leads to:
- pain from muscle tension: chronic tension headaches, tooth grinding & TMJ, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia
- heart disease, increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- inflammatory disorders of the gut, malabsorption, heartburn, reflux, irritable bowel, increased risk of autoimmune disorders
- adrenal fatigue, circadian rhythm disturbance, sex hormone imbalance
- insomnia, memory problems, structural brain changes
Grounding directly addresses these issues immediately, providing:
- a near instantaneous decrease in muscle tension
- improved heart rate variability (HRV) and enhanced circulation
- boosted digestion and vagal tone, decreased inflammation
- normalized cortisol levels
- and deeper, more restorative sleep
There are several other key things you can do to release stress and trauma before it triggers PTSD and other traumatic sequela in the body — and I go into each one in depth in my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery online class that starts next week.
If you want to protect your current health from the ill effects of living through the largest pandemic in recent history, you want to be a part of this class.
If the current stress we are under now is triggering old wounds, old scars, bringing up PTSD or other trauma symptoms from past events you have survived… you want to be a part of this class.
I am here to help you safeguard your long term health as well and provide immediate and direct support right now.
Let’s do this — join me here.
Trauma Recovery & Resiliency Online Class
Please reserve your spot today — class starts on Monday July 20th so this is the last week to sign up!