Coping With Grief After Losing Your Sense of Safety
If you’re having trouble feeling safe after experiencing a traumatic event or series of events—whether recently or in the distant past—you’re not alone.
It’s very common for trauma to cause you to lose your sense of safety. In fact, studies show that traumatic experiences can alter the way that your brain and central nervous system function, causing you to feel insecure in various areas of your life.
You may be struggling with yourself to forget. But your body remembers- feeling on edge, tense, starling easily, avoiding situations that could bring up memories or sensations that remind you of the trauma. This is an exhausting cycle.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to heal from your trauma, regain your sense of safety, and cope with any grief you may be experiencing.
It’s important to consult with a therapist, especially mental health professionals like me who have the training and experience needed to help guide you through this difficult time. With that said, you may also want to try:
- Practicing mindfulness (focusing on the present moment)
- Eating a nutritious diet
- Body work- somatic therapy, lymphatic massage, cranial sacral massage
- Incorporating exercise into your daily routine
- Getting restorative sleep
- Spending time with loved ones
- Joining a support group
- Acknowledging to yourself and others that you need time to heal (even if you don’t disclose the specific details of your trauma)
The Help You Need to Heal
If you’ve experienced something that destroyed your sense of safety, you may be feeling alone, but Therapy can help. I have extensive experience helping people navigate through feelings of deep loss and grief that result from traumatic experiences.
Therapy can help you address and release the pain that keeps you stuck, feeling unworthy and not living wholeheartedly, in your full potential. Get in touch with me today. Schedule a free phone consultation to find out how we can work together on your path to healing a recovery.