3 Powerful Ways Childhood Trauma Survivors Can Positively Manage Hyperstress

Jas Rawlinson
Apr 28, 2019 · 7 min read

“When stress literally makes you sick” — Childhood abuse & the body’s response

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Jas Rawlinson — Australian author, writing coach & mental health advocate

‘Every child deserves a safe and happy home.’

As a 10-year-old girl, those 8 words haunted me. Every day I was confronted by them, as they stared tauntingly from the colourful sticker pressed to the brick wall behind my childhood bed.

WHEN STRESS MANIFESTS AS PHYSICAL SICKNESS

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HYPERSTRESS RESPONSE — THE FACTS & HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA INFLUENCES IT

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HOW TO POSITIVELY MANAGE & AVOID HYPERSTRESS

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Getting away from social media is one of my biggest self-care strategies during hyperstress

1. BEATING FACEBOOK FOMO

When I’m in a high state of stress, scrolling mindlessly through Facebook or reading rage-baiting statuses immediately influences my anxiety and physical stress response.

2. PRIORITISING SLEEP

Staying up late… Scrolling through my phone long into the evening… These activities don’t really help when I’m battling HS Response. So instead, I indulge in some guilty Netflix pleasures around dinner time and make sure I stop working, or using my phone, by 9pm at the very latest.

3. MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS

Tip number three, as Noosha explains, is to harness the benefits of meditation and mindfulness — two very simple, yet powerful, ways to calm our minds and collect our thoughts when experiencing hyperstress.

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ABOVE ALL, REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE…

In today’s busy world, there are millions of us struggling with stress in one form or another at any given time. Be kind to yourself, and try to learn your body’s unique stress triggers. That way, you’ll be able to adopt a self-care routine that your body responds to, and implement it before the physical symptoms grow too large.

Jas Rawlinson

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Freelance Journalist, Writing Coach, Mental Health Speaker & Author of ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day’. Contact me at www.jasrawlinson.com

Jas Rawlinson

Written by

Freelance Journalist, Writing Coach, Mental Health Speaker & Author of ‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day’. Contact me at www.jasrawlinson.com

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