Ways to find find healing after a traumatic experience
Going through deeply distressing events shatters our sense of security. These may leave us struggling with emotions that have long-term physical and mental effects on leading to trauma. Some of these events include forced isolation, losing a loved one, physical and verbal abuse, natural disasters, or other extraordinary experiences.
While everyone has their own traumatic experiences, these have different effects on each individual. Recovering from trauma may take a while, but Dr. Gina Alfonso, a mental health clinician who also experienced trauma herself in the past, assured those suffering that “You are not alone. We are all in this together.”
Trauma is absorbed in our body
“What happens with trauma is sometimes we think it is just stored in our brain, but it is actually absorbed in our body. It affects our nervous system. Our nervous system goes on hyper-alert. We are experiencing life like it’s not safe. Everywhere we go, we feel like there’s danger kahit wala. That’s because our nervous system was affected by the incident. Ang importante is to be really aware. Ano kaya ang dahilan. Ano kaya ang practices na pwede kong gawin para ‘yung stress ng trauma mawala? It’s really about learning more about the nervous system,” Dr. Alfonso said.
“One of the things that is important when working with people who have had traumatic incident is to hold judgment and be compassionate. Second is to let them know nandito lang ako. Sometimes we don’t need to give solutions,” she said.
ABCD of healing from trauma
A – Ask for help from somebody you trust to build a strong support system.
B – Body doesn’t lie. If your body needs something, pay attention. Remember that our body and brain can heal.
C – Compassion and patience to ourselves, our loved ones, and those we are working with are key to healing.
D – Dance. Move. Engage in the arts and play. These are the best way to self-regulate, and when you’re consistent, you will see you’re on your way to recovery.
E – Every micro-step we make towards healing is important and worth celebrating.
TAYO Naman!, a Globe and Deped initiative
Dr. Alfonso was the speaker during the Globe and the Department of Education (DepEd)’s TAYO! Naman! (Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon) webinar Episode 5: Healing from Past Hurts and Traumas.
TAYO Naman! is an online Mental Health and Psychosocial Support program designed to help teachers, non-teaching personnel, and parents learn about self-care, wellness, and resiliency.
The 14-part webinar series is led by the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction Management Services (DepEd-DRRMS) and the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development-Employee Welfare Division (BHROD-EWD) in collaboration with Globe’s Global Filipino Teachers Series on Psychosocial Support Services, Philippine Mental Health Association and Magis Creative Spaces.
The webinars are held every Friday until August 20, 2021 from 8:30 to 10:00 am and streamed live on the following:
DepED Philippines https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH/
Deped DRRMS https://www.facebook.com/DepEdDRRMS
Globe Bridgecom https://www.facebook.com/GlobeBridgeCom
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