Reclaim Your Life With These 6 Tips For Trauma Recovery

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As many of you know October is approaching, and with it, comes many awareness causes (with Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence being the two biggest awareness campaigns throughout the month).  The effect that traumatic experiences can have on our bodies (both physical and emotional), how we manage the stress, and healing from it, is varied, but there are common denominators when it comes to optimizing our bodies for the best possible opportunity to heal.  If you or someone you love is going through the process of transition from the physical and emotional trauma caused by Cancer or Domestic Violence, here are some basic tips that will help maximize your recovery:

  • Sleep, Sleep, Sleep. Sleep deprivation can impact your immune system, your cognitive abilities and your endocrine system. Lack of proper sleep can also cause weight gain or weight loss and can lead to depression.  If your body is already in distress, and it is not given an opportunity to rest and heal, then your recovery will be delayed which could cause additional complications to your health and mental well-being.  Try to put yourself on a regular bedtime schedule to ensure that you get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.  Just take it day by day, but making the daily decision to go to bed at the same time every night, will help your mind/body strength increase for improved recovery.
  • Hydration with Ionic Salts: Our bodies are over 65% water. Water is our flushing mechanism for free radicals, bacteria and viruses that might impact our vital organs. Even mild dehydration can impact energy levels, which can affect the body’s ability to fight off illnesses like kidney and urinary tract infections. A general rule for hydration is to drink 8 glasses of water a day (64 oz). This amount will give your body what it needs to more easily fight off bacteria and viruses, keep your energy and sodium levels in check, and keep your digestive system running smoothly. Equally important to hydrating is making sure to get adequate electrolytes. Electrolytes (or Ionic Salts) create an electrical charge with certain minerals in the body when they connect with water-otherwise known as organic ENERGY! A body in recovery needs all of the energy it can get.
  • Protein: Protein is a macro-nutrient that our body doesn’t store, so we have to continuously feed it to our cells in large amounts to remain healthy. Our hair, skin cells, bones, cartilage, and blood are largely made of protein and our large muscles and tissues are repaired by protein. Protein also creates hormones, enzymes and important stabilizing chemicals.  Eat 1 gram of protein per desired body weight to make sure you are getting the right amount. Good sources of protein are: chicken, salmon, almonds, oatmeal and egg whites
  • Eat Superfoods: Superfoods are high in nutrients and low in calories, are also help in balancing your body’s endocrine system, which tells your cells where to carry nutrients to. If you are trying to heal, then optimizing your endocrine system (which controls your body functionalities) will help optimize your entire body and enhance the communication systems between your nervous system and your brain for a potentially better healing experience.  Superfoods include: Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Coconut Oil, Cranberries, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Dandelion Greens, Egg-whites, Legumes and Almonds
  • Move Your Body: Moving your body in low impact capacities will help your body reconnect with itself.  Choose yoga, and/or meditation to invite your thoughts, be at one with your body and envision your healing.  You can try my CHIYOGAFLOW which was designed specifically for bodies and minds in recovery.
  • Be Positive.  In any traumatic situation there is a tendency to focus only on the negative.  Healing bodies get their direction from the brain.  If we are constantly beating ourselves down, then our body will reflect that too.  Surround yourself with positive voices. Tell yourself verbal affirmations of strength and write them down so you can see them.  Read empowering books about people who have overcome trials, grown from their experiences and are now making a point to help others.  Envision yourself healing and re-affirm to yourself that you CAN overcome your trauma and utilize it as a tool in shaping a life of sustainable happiness.

We always have a choice when it comes to making changes in our life.  Why not choose to be proactive about how you heal your body?

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Angela Martindale