Trauma-sensitive mindfulness and movement helping rural communities
I don’t feel quite right….I get stressed more easily….I don’t feel as happy as I used to be…its harder to get a good nights’ sleep.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. These are very common experiences after facing a traumatic situation. It’s not your fault.
It’s how the human body works.
Let me explain. To survive threatening situations your body goes into a flight or fight response. You may feel this in your body as a racing heart, shallow and rapid breathing, tense muscles, or an upset stomach. This is your body preparing to protect you. Ideally once the threat has passed the system resets and the restorative part of your nervous system kicks in to calm your body. Sometimes, such as after significant trauma or lots of challenging events, your system stays on alert. A minor event, or even a sight, smell or sound can trigger your protective stress system. Many months later your mind may still feel foggy. You may have difficulty concentrating and making decisions. You may feel more fatigued, fearful, sad or agitated.
There are different ways to reset the nervous system and everyone is unique in what they find helpful. Strategies may include exercise, time in nature, being creative, connecting with others, mindfulness and seeking psychological support. Over the last decade there has been a lot of research on mindfulness and movement for trauma-related symptoms. These practices invite you to pay attention in the present moment in a gentle, curious way to help regulate body responses, provide more choice in how you respond and activate positive emotions.
Georgie Davidson and the Lobethal Community Association would like to invite people from the Lobethal and surrounding districts to attend a free session. THRiVE: at the Lobethal Reception Centre, on Thursday September 16th 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
Georgie Davidson has taught mindfulness for many years to different groups including paramedic students, military veterans and people with chronic pain. She worked as a physiotherapist in Lobethal from 1998 to 2018. For more information and to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note this approach does not take the place of individual support provided by mental health practitioners. You can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224636 or Lifeline Australia on 131 114 for support.
THRiVE: September 16th, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
At the Lobethal Reception Centre, Church Street, Lobethal