Being More Mindful Could Help in Dealing with Trauma
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, there’s almost a 70 percent chance of a child experiencing a potentially traumatic event by the age 16. While most of those children won’t spend the next few years (or rest of their lives) dealing with trauma, some of them might.
Research into mindfulness practicing and its influence on trauma has been piling up. It seems that this tactic could be the answer to helping many adolescents work through traumatic events in a more generally accessible way compared to traditional methods.
Mindfulness and dealing with trauma
Mindfulness meditation is an ancient practice meant to help you get in touch with not just your surroundings, but your inner emotions and feelings. It’s easy to move through life ignoring what’s brewing inside of you–anxiety, grief, depression, etc.–and then let it all explode at once. This is what happens to a lot of teens who are dealing with trauma.
It’s been found that around two-thirds of US adults experienced at least one childhood trauma. While most of these individuals probably didn’t experience the crippling aftereffects of severe trauma, some of them did. And mindfulness practice may be the way to help those individuals cope better day-to-day.
This isn’t saying that mindfulness is the cure-all or even something you should only do instead of other treatments, it’s more a tactic that should be used alongside other treatments. Studies have found that out of individuals who experienced adverse childhood events were better off if they accepted “moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings.” This is exactly what mindfulness practice teaches you to do.
It’s all about tapping into your emotions, acknowledging their presence in an objective way, and accepting them. It’s also about noticing your surroundings and how you move through the world, which can help with staying aware and not ruminating.
Mindfulness is something that most people can practice almost anywhere, making it a perfect method to teach teens dealing with trauma. Oftentimes, trauma’s effects will hit individual’s at moments they don’t expect, so having a way to cope and calm down is extremely important.
If you believe your teen may be struggling with a mental health issue, it’s important to reach out to a professional as soon as possible.
Elevations is here for your family
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, trauma, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues.
At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Dealing with trauma can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.
For more information about how we help in dealing with trauma at Elevations RTC, please call 1-855-290-968.