?Good day my sweet souls! Rise and shine to a new day and the start of a new week.☀️

?How is my sparkling tribe after the long and humid week? Are there any small or big goals you accomplished and wish to share with us so we might celebrate you???One small goal I greeted with pleasure was that I actually made fresh mango salsa. I used the French baguette bread bought at the Farmer’s Market, which I toasted with extra virgin olive oil to be used as chips. Refreshing!?

?As I reflect on the anger, hatefulness, and rage that exploded from two men this past week, I became more aware of how my own actions and possibly other people’s coping skills respond if having suffered trauma or abuse. Is it possible to nurture resiliency and learn from these tragedies or can they spiral us downward, and cause triggers from the events we have experienced ourselves?

?Experiencing psychological and emotional trauma is a game changer. It aspires from extremely devastating events and shatters one’s sense of security, which can leave you feeling violated, fearful, and isolated. Trauma does not have to be physical harm to leave you feeling threatened and anxious. The specific circumstances do NOT determine whether the event you experienced was traumatic. It is your personal emotional experience of the event that reveals how traumatic the event was to you. The more terrified and vulnerable you feel, the more your trauma is enhanced.

Some emotional and psychological traumas include:

  • One time events– an accident, an acute injury, or violent attack
  • Ongoing stress– chronic illnesses, pain, domestic violence, childhood neglect, abuse, bullying
  • Overlooked stressors– surgeries, unexpected deaths, dissolved relationships, or humiliating or painful experience where someone had been deliberately cruel

?Nonetheless, we keep fighting forward to heal and recover by enlisting in coping mechanisms. But when the painful memories and emotions hang onto us like a ball and chain, we are constantly pulled downward out of the light. Up and down we are dragged from triggers that remind us of the events. This cycle is reluctantly draining of our energy, shine, and spiritual peace. And, if prolonged long enough, it can become a post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychological shock to the system, becoming a viscous cycle of being unable to cope or make sense of the trauma or how to untangle one’s emotional pain.

Coping Mechanisms for Trauma Recovery

1. Get moving– Exercise for 30 or more minutes per day (walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, kayaking, etc.)

2. Connections– Staying connected with others helps one feel accepted and loved. Share your feelings with a trusted source who doesn’t judge you. Join a support group or become involved in social activities. Volunteer.

3. Control Your Inner Peace– Changing your body’s arousal system is critical to managing anxiety, stress, fear, and feeling out of control. Stabilizing your inner network with mindful breathing techniques, yoga, and sensory stimulation of music ? and petting puppies ? can work magic.

4. Proactive Healthcare– Get plenty of sleep, avoid alcohol and drugs, eat a healthy, organic, zero sugar, fried, and processed food diet. Find nurturing ways to relax! Spa day, massages, girl time, pedi/mani, sports, etc.?

?Always seek professional therapy if the glow is still fading from your life. Struggling with psychological and emotional trauma is not easy to fix and there’s no Easy Button for recovery. Each person’s trauma is unique and personally challenging. Self-care is critical for optimal health, healing, and inner glow. Be gentle with yourself. Be kind and compassionate in how you recover. YOU are your best or worst advocate in the healing process.? Don’t give in. Get up, Get out, and Shine!?

?Wishing my glowing Starlights a day that brings positivity, fruitful discoveries, and fun experiences. Life is short. Enjoy the Sundae!???xoxo And, if you need to talk to someone, contact me. You are not alone, EVER! 🙂

In Love and Light,?

Kimberly xo


Emotional and Psychological Trauma


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