How COVID-19 may trigger a trauma reaction
For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting our mental health whether it is due to the fear of you or your loved ones getting sick, financial stress, a sudden change in your routine, feelings of loneliness and isolation, the uncertainty about the future, and many other stressors.
However, if you have experienced trauma, you may have an even more heightened sense of anxiety and fear at this time. Your nervous system might be set on ‘ALARM!’ more than it usually is. You might have an urge to fight or flee.
You may have been asked to stay at home. This might bring up old feelings of being trapped and powerless, triggering a freeze response. These are all normal responses to a threat, like COVID-19.
How to relieve trauma in your body
What I recommend doing to move this anxiety and fear through you and help you to regain a sense of control is the following:
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