A New Discovery For Treating Trauma

Meditation is receiving a lot of attention in the wellbeing space – more so than ever in fact.

Whether it’s online meditation programmes or apps, never before has this tool been so widely available. 

Meditation’s positive impact is beyond question; research has consistently shown that there are a number of physical and mental health benefits from the practice such as a reduction in stress levels and an increase in resilience.

 However, there are some specific circumstances where meditation may not be the best starting point for certain individuals looking to reduce their stress levels. If an individual has a history of trauma or anxiety, meditation can sometimes have the reverse effect.

Keep Your Feet On The Ground

Grounding exercises that encourage individuals to become aware of the experience of their feet being on the floor or of their backs being supported by a firm chair will help them to feel safe in their bodies and comfortable and present in their environments.

Another helpful exercise is to imagine in your mind’s eye the people in your life, either now or in the past, that you feel a connection with and who allow you to feel safe and calm.

Therapist Comments

“Psychologists are now starting to recognise a new pathway for trauma,” says leading therapist Khody Damestani, who co-founded the mental fitness company, MyMindPal.

“Trauma is not just experiencing shocks like car accidents or relational abuse of some form. It has now been shown that everyday stress without adequate recovery can produce traumatic effects in the mind and the body.

“Stress and trauma are widespread, now more than ever. A multifaceted approach to wellbeing is vital to address this in a comprehensive manner.

“Meditation is undoubtedly a great tool, but there needs to be a range of other strategies and approaches included in any well-being offering to ensure that all individuals in an organisation can find exercises that provide them with the support and coping mechanisms that they need to thrive.”