“Our life experiences shape us but they do not need to define us.” – Jennifer Britt
Adverse circumstances are a natural and normal part of life for everyone on the planet. We all have probably heard the phrase, “Life happens,” knowing that the phrase semantically refers to the fact that bad things can, and sometimes do, happen. No one is immune to experiencing them.
Despite knowing this in advance, and probably having experienced your own fair share of trivial woes in your life, you are never truly prepared for those truly epic traumatic events that turn your life upside down and inside out.
Emotional and psychological trauma can be an isolated event such as a car accident, unexpected divorce, losing a child, surviving a natural disaster or losing a job. Alternatively, trauma can be chronic, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood, childhood neglect or abuse, domestic violence, being in an ongoing stressful work environment, stressful relationships (family, spouse, or social), or navigating a life-threatening illness or disease.
Your body is incredibly intelligent, with innate coping mechanisms that tell you when to fight for your life, run for safety, or freeze.
Extremely stressful isolated events as well as ongoing chronic trauma create physiological stress responses in the body that become a habituated chronic biochemical and hormonal state of fight, flight or freeze with long-term negative impacts on your health, relationships, and overall mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Symptoms of trauma and stress:
- anxiety & fear
- withdrawing from others & social events
- wanting to “hide out” or “escape”
- not feeling comfortable being alone
- confusion, difficulty concentrating
- feeling disconnected, numb or overwhelmed
- being easily startled
- difficulty sleeping
- insomnia or nightmares
- shock, denial, disbelief
- anger, irritability, mood swings
- guilt, shame, self-blame
- feeling sad or hopeless
- chronic pain
- health issues that don’t seem to resolve or have an explanation for
- wanting to please others – difficulty putting your own wants, needs & desires first
- challenges with weight and/or body image / obesity
- self-denial or self-hatred
- feeling not good enough, not smart enough, undeserving, not (fill in the blank) enough…
- issues with chronic financial lack or overspending
- asking for / settling for less than what you truly want and deserve
- difficulty defining what you really want / what makes you happy
- checking in with others for their opinion / approval before deciding what you want
Women often learn early in life to focus their time, energy and resources on the well-being and comfort of others. As a result, they minimize or altogether ignore their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs and desires.
‘Growing Roots coaching & healing‘ program is designed to help you prioritize your own well-being and stop letting past experiences dictate your current and future success. You will be given the opportunity to not only heal but use the traumatic event as a catalyst for personal transformation and growth. This will allow you to recognize the inherent strengths and gifts cultivated from your experience(s), reclaim your power to use those strengths and gifts as a means toward living a more fulfilling life, and begin steering your life in the direction of fulfillment and success.