Effects of trauma on the body for traumatized people cause them to feel chronically unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort.

“Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become experts at numbing awareness of what is played out inside.

They learn to hide from their selves.

The price for ignoring or distorting the body’s messages is being unable to detect what is truly dangerous or harmful for you and, just as bad, what is safe or nourishing.

A Key that Resolves Severe Effects of Trauma on the Body

Self-regulation is the key that resolves the severe effects of trauma on the body.

And it depends on being aware and having a friendly relationship with your body. The greater that awareness, the greater our potential to control our lives.

Knowing what we feel is the first step to knowing why we feel that way. If we are aware of the constant changes in our inner and outer environment, we can mobilize to manage them.

But we can’t do this unless we learn to observe what is going on inside us. This is why mindfulness practice, is a cornerstone of recovery from trauma. Without it, you have to rely on external regulation—from medication, drugs like alcohol, constant reassurance, or compulsive compliance with the wishes of others.”

Suppressing our inner cries for help does not stop our stress hormones from mobilizing the body.