Trauma is a hamster wheel in the brain and nervous system. As smart as you are, it can hijack your emotional intelligence and have you behave in surprising ways!
Treat Trauma Loops Using Applied Neuroplasticity with The Brook Institute
Brain states are states of confusion. A Trauma Loop is a brain state that has created a pathway in the nervous system. We use it again and again and it gets stronger. An example is a rage response to stress.
Trauma loops occur when reality is overwhelming. Too intense, too scary, too loud, too fast. The nervous system can’t organize and reverts to survival threat response behavior. Common sources include:
- Car accidents
- Sudden changes: death, loss, bad news
- Emotional abuse continued over time
- Dealing with constant physical pain
- Losing sleep over long periods of time
- Excessive worry for any reason
Don’t let Trauma Loops Rule Your Behavior
It’s hard to remember we have choices when exhausted or overwhelmed. Yet, if you pay attention to the warning signals of your bodymind, you can interrupt the trauma loop and redirect the energy inside it before it becomes destructive. This takes practice so be sure to be kind to yourself while you are learning how to do this!
5 Steps for How To Interrupt A Trauma Loop
- Recognize it! Take responsibility. Don’t let a trauma loop surprise you. Get to know how it works inside you and when it is likely to occur
- Slow down, breathe and look around to resettle your nervous system immediately
- Re-orient your thinking! Remember something good about yourself, your partner, child, or boss!
- Identify Physical Pre-cursers: What are the sensations in your body? Become curious about your inner workings
- Move Your Body! Stretch, go get a drink of water, blink your eyes a few times. Give yourself new sensory input to change your brain!
Seek Professional Help to Change Trauma Loops
Therapists at The Brook Institute are Trained to Work with the brain! We help clients look for the earliest impressions that “trained the brain” toward a trauma loop. These impressions include events, such as birth, or early care during infancy, that set the nervous system pathways. Skilled professional help can help you learn how to re-organize the brain and metabolize earliest impressions so the energy becomes free for useful life purposes.
You Don’t Have to be a Victim to Trauma Loops
Start practicing today. Use the 5 steps and start to take charge of your emotional experience. It will feel wobbly inside as you make these changes because the bodymind likes the efficiency of habits. Be sure to breathe, slow down, and be curious about your experience. Your family will love you for it!