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3 Ways Trauma Is Stored in the Bodies of Women and Teen Girls

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Have you ever felt a knot in your stomach after a fight, or a tightness in your chest after a difficult conversation? These are just some of the ways our bodies store the echoes of trauma, even when our minds struggle to articulate the pain.

Hi, I’m Dr. Laryssa Creswell, a therapist and owner of Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions. I understand how deeply relationships, both good and bad, can impact women and teen girls.

I believe by recognizing how trauma manifests in our bodies, we can begin to heal and build healthier connections. In this article, we’ll explore three ways trauma can “hide” in the body, along with strategies to help you reclaim your inner peace.


1. Chronic Tension


Trauma can leave us in a state of constant fight-or-flight, our bodies perpetually on high alert. This can manifest in physical symptoms like muscle tension, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. It’s like our nervous system is stuck in panic mode, even when there’s no immediate danger.

When in this state of fight-or-flight, try practicing calming techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation. These exercises can help quiet the body’s alarm system and bring a sense of calm.

Remember, your body is not your enemy; it’s a wise messenger trying to get your attention.


2. Chronic Pain & Digestive Issues


Trauma can have a profound impact on our gut microbiome and nervous system, leading to chronic pain, digestive problems, and even fatigue. These physical symptoms can be frustrating and isolating, often feeling like a confusing puzzle.

You go to the doctor, hoping for answers, but the tests come back clean. “Everything’s normal,” they say, but you feel anything but.

Consider seeking help from a therapist specializing in trauma-focused treatment, along with exploring complementary therapies like acupuncture, massage, or even yoga. Taking care of your physical health can be a powerful tool in your healing journey.


3. Emotional Numbing & Detachment


Sometimes, the pain of trauma is so overwhelming that our minds disconnect from our bodies as a coping mechanism. This can lead to feelings of emotional numbness, detachment, and even difficulty experiencing joy.

Instead, try reconnecting with your senses. Engage in activities that bring you back into your body, like spending time in nature, listening to calming music, or enjoying a warm bath.

These activities can be powerful tools for reconnecting with your emotions in a safe and controlled way.


Remember, healing is a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs, moments of frustration and moments of breakthrough.

At Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions, we are here to guide you every step of the way.

If you recognize any of these symptoms of trauma that might be hiding in your body, don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with us today.

Together, we can help you take the first step towards reclaiming your power and building healthier relationships with yourself and the world around you.

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