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Understanding the Hidden Struggles: How Trauma Impacts Your Day-to-Day

Trauma is a deeply personal and often hidden struggle that can significantly impact your day-to-day life. Whether it's a single traumatic event or a series of distressing experiences, the effects of trauma can be pervasive and long-lasting. In this blog post, we'll explore the ways trauma affects your daily life and provide insights into what people can do to cope and heal. Our discussion is informed by research articles and studies that shed light on the profound impact of trauma.

The Ongoing Impact of Trauma

Trauma can have a far-reaching impact on various aspects of your life, including your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Here are some ways trauma can affect your day-to-day life:

  1. Emotional Regulation: Trauma can lead to emotional dysregulation, causing mood swings, irritability, and difficulty managing emotions. Research, such as a study published in the "Journal of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping" (Kubany et al., 2000), highlights how trauma survivors often struggle with heightened emotional reactions.

  2. Relationships: Trauma can strain relationships as survivors may find it challenging to trust others, form close connections, or communicate their needs effectively. The article "Interpersonal Relationships and Trauma" by Hesse (2008) in "Psychiatry," discusses the impact of trauma on interpersonal dynamics.

  3. Physical Health: Trauma is associated with physical health problems, including chronic pain, fatigue, and autoimmune disorders. The "Journal of Traumatic Stress" has published numerous studies on the link between trauma and physical health (e.g., Schnurr et al., 2000).

  4. Daily Functioning: Trauma can disrupt daily routines, leading to difficulties in concentration, sleep disturbances, and impaired decision-making. A study by Bremner et al. (2004) in the "Archives of General Psychiatry" highlights the effects of trauma on cognitive functioning.

Coping Strategies

Coping with trauma is a complex and highly individual process. However, there are evidence-based strategies that can help survivors regain control of their lives:

  1. Therapy: Seeking the assistance of a trained therapist, such as those at CRCC, can be instrumental in processing trauma. Evidence-based therapies like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) have been shown to be effective.

  2. Mindfulness and Relaxation: Mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help survivors manage their emotions and reduce stress. Research in the "Journal of Traumatic Stress" (Hagen et al., 2017) emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions.

  3. Supportive Relationships: Building a support network of friends and family who understand and empathize with the survivor's experience can be crucial. A study by Pietrzak et al. (2009) in "Psychological Medicine" underscores the importance of social support in trauma recovery.

  4. Self-Care: Prioritizing self-care through exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient rest can support physical and emotional healing. Research in "Psychoneuroendocrinology" (Chen et al., 2012) discusses the role of self-care in reducing the physiological effects of trauma.

Seeking Professional Help

It's essential to emphasize the importance of seeking professional help when dealing with trauma. Trained therapists can provide a safe space for survivors to explore their experiences, learn coping skills, and embark on the path to healing. The "Journal of Traumatic Stress" published a meta-analysis by Bradley et al. (2005) that highlights the positive outcomes associated with trauma-focused therapy.

Trauma has a profound impact on day-to-day life, affecting emotional regulation, relationships, physical health, and daily functioning. However, with the right support and evidence-based strategies, individuals can heal and regain control over their lives. Seeking therapy, practicing mindfulness, building supportive relationships, and prioritizing self-care are vital steps in the journey towards recovery.

Remember that healing from trauma is a process, and it's okay to seek help. The therapists at CRCC are here to provide the support and guidance you need on your path to recovery.

Talk to our EMDR specialist, Olivia Emannuel, here.


  1. Kubany, E. S., et al. (2000). Development and preliminary validation of a brief broad-spectrum measure of trauma exposure: The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire. Journal of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 12(4), 393-414.

  2. Hesse, E. (2008). Interpersonal Relationships and Trauma. Psychiatry, 71(4), 365-376.

  3. Schnurr, P. P., et al. (2000). Trauma in the lives of older men: Findings from the Normative Aging Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 13(4), 645-668.

  4. Bremner, J. D., et al. (2004). Deficits in short-term memory in adult survivors of childhood abuse. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(3), 245-252.

  5. Hagen, R., et al. (2017). Mindfulness-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder: A review of the literature. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(4), 399-411.

  6. Pietrzak, R. H., et al. (2009). Posttraumatic stress disorder mediates the relationship between mild traumatic brain injury and health and psychosocial functioning in veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Psychological Medicine, 39(5), 727-734.

  7. Chen, W. C., et al. (2012). Exercise and health-related quality of life during the first year following acute coronary syndrome. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 17(6), 649-660.

  8. Bradley, R., et al. (2005). A meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18(6), 577-585.



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