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Why am I feeling so anxious lately?
Why am I feeling so anxious lately?

 

Why am I feeling so anxious lately?

Recent events in the news have sparked triggers for many who have been traumatized sexually. Understanding the affect that trauma has on the body is important to help calm any anxiety associated with past trauma.

Many people who have been sexually assaulted or sexually harassed suppress their thoughts and feelings; hoping that it will just go away. As you progress through life, you become stuck in a cycle of anxiety, depression or anger. Learning to deal with the traumatic experience allows the brain to calm down and get out of the fight or flight mode.

Sexual assault or harassment can happen to anyone across all walks of life, it does not matter where you are from, where you work, your socioeconomic or education level. Assault and harassment are being talked about more; therefore those who have experienced this are able to receive help. This is something that has been hushed for so long, and victims have been made to feel ashamed, and left to deal with this on their own, many fearing retaliation. The first step to healing is admitting that you have been assaulted or harassed, and seeking help.

Talk therapy provides a safe place to process through experiences that have been upsetting. Allowing the mind to be free of the debilitating anxiety that has played such a deep role. Healing from trauma is possible. It is not always easy, and there is work involved, but it is possible.

Journaling, deep breathing and therapy are ways to help with traumatic events. Talk therapy will help you process the thoughts and feelings that have been buried for so long.

Know that you are not alone, and you are not to blame.

 

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