When our bodies are balanced and we feel safe and happy, we are in a state of “regulation”. In this place, we are not too stressed, nor are we too excited or exhausted. We are calm. We are clear. We have focus. We are creative. We are able to communicate rationally and clearly and openly.
BUT, when we experience trauma this sense of safety and balance is completely ripped away from us. It’s almost as though our soul is taken from us and what is left is only a shell.
This trauma is deeper when you’ve lived your whole life being abused and neglected by your primary caregivers. You may feel completely devoid of a sense of self – your brain has developed under chronic stress which causes your body to look out only for your survival.
Our bodies have two distinct reactions to traumatic experiences. We can be be maxed out – unglued emotionally and physically – this looks like panic, toxic stress, anxiety and physical...