Life, in general, offers lots of opportunities for stress and trauma (big, medium, and little).

When we walk through our days only dealing with the immediate, we can often ignore situations or emotions that need attention.

When we don’t take the time to process or even evaluate what may or may not affect us, we can carry these layers of stress and trauma for years and navigate the manifestation of their effect on our systems.

On the Bearing Life®️ Podcast this week, I had a conversation with Kat Nasseri, PT, DPT, WCS, and learned so much! This time we got to dive in on how the body processes trauma. Make sure to read the post from earlier this week, and listen to this weeks’ podcast.

Kat shares that trauma can carry a lot of meaning and emotion. A therapist will walk you through identifying and defining the traumatic experiences you have faced in your life. Even in stressful situations where you don’t experience physical trauma, it still could be a traumatic experience for you. These experiences are real and they matter.

When we don’t process the trauma, our body holds onto that experience and doesn’t know what to do with that.

Let’s take the time to find a quiet spot this week to sit by ourselves and think about how we feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Reflect back on different situations or events (past or present) in life – how do we currently respond or react? Are we taking time to determine whether or not they are traumatic, problematic, or simply frustrations?

Don’t forget to invite conversation with trusted friends about these topics as well. When we are all willing to ask and consider, engage in a healthy way with each other, it opens the door to closer relationships.

Be encouraged! When we spend a few minutes on this self-care, it can make a world of difference in our world!