Recognizing trauma can be painful and difficult but we all know when our trauma gets activated; we react strongly to triggers and cues. Our bodies often store away these memories, emotions and experiences as a survival strategy, but long term storing will eventually cause wear and tear on our bodies and our health. LifeStar provides a supportive team approach that guides you through the healing process as well as the opportunity to participate in a support community along the way. Our 2 decades of experience brings to you a reliable road map for recovery full of resources and skills as well as trauma treatment that will help you reduce the painful payload of buried trauma that your body has been carrying (often since childhood). The following resources will help you understand exactly how trauma damages our nervous system, causing us to feel unbalanced and anxious—triggered by the smallest mishap. To begin healing, knowing and naming set ups for trauma responses is necessary, so we have included an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) questionnaire to help identify if you are at risk for long term health consequences from unprocessed trauma. Finally, you can begin mindfulness and meditation practices right now that will immediately kick start the healing process and welcome the peace and calm your body is craving.
Trauma and the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective
“This video was developed to give a basic introduction and overview of how trauma and chronic stress affects our nervous system and how those effects impact our health and well-being. Much of the content is based on the groundbreaking work of Stephen Porges and his Polyvagal Theory.”
Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire
Our health—both mental and physical—is a result of our experiences and traumas, from childhood to present day. Reflecting on possible childhood traumas can help you understand what may be affecting your health. Once you are able to name it, you can begin to heal. The following assessment is a start to help begin healing your nervous system.
A Healing Meditation
Aiding in healing the nervous system, meditation is a fantastic tool. Meditation relaxes and relieves stress in your body, making room for the healing process. Adding music to your meditation is often effective, helping maintain balance and focus. The following Youtube video includes heart chakra drum music to accompany you as you heal.