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How Trauma Affects Our Relationship with Our Bodies

Erica Bonham, LPC, ‘How Trauma Affects Our Relationship with Our Bodies’, https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-trauma-affects-our-relationship-with-our-bodies-1205175, GoodTherapy.org (December 5, 2017)

Chewing and eating

Trauma and adverse experiences that go unprocessed in the system can affect our relationship with our bodies in many ways, some on a biochemical level. (…) Many people who have unprocessed trauma may use food as a coping skill to numb out their pain. Most of us do this to some extent. Some of us stay really busy to stay out of our pain, some of us use alcohol or drugs, some of us focus on our kids or other people, and some of us use food. (…) The act of chewing and eating (especially foods high in sugar and fat) soothes the nervous system. (…) It is important to develop a healthy and loving relationship toward our bodies, especially if we have experienced trauma.

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