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Take A Deep Breath For A Memory Boost

Trauma impacts the sympathetic nervous system, the nervous system we use to put our body and brain into high alert in order to survive. We don’t just experience activation of the sympathetic nervous system when we experience trauma. Trauma influences our mind and body for a lifetime. Though every person will experience the effects of trauma differently, every person will still experience the effects of trauma- in mind, in body, and in spirit. Until trauma is resolved and healed, it continues to have an effect on the sympathetic nervous system, which thereby has an effect on the mind, the body, and the spirit. Those who are recovering from trauma are prone to feeling anxious, hyper-vigilant, and distressed because their sympathetic nervous system is constantly engaged. Many tools exist for helping people deactivate their sympathetic nervous system by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a sense of calm, security, and safety. One of the most quick, effective, and easy ways to find a holistic state of calm during a holistic state of trauma induced anxiety or panic is by taking a deep breath.

Breathing instantaneously activates the parasympathetic nervous system and works quickly through the body’s ecosystem to relax muscles, including the brain. Thoughts slow down, tense muscles release, and panic temporarily subsides. Finding a place of safety and security is extremely important for those recovering from trauma, because trauma rids us of our feeling of being safe and secure. Connecting to our thoughts and connecting to our bodies helps us feel more connected overall.

Slowing our thoughts down to a comfortable pace is only one of the psychological benefits of breathing. New research has found that breathing through the nose, specifically, can help improve memory, which is an added benefit for those recovering from trauma. Published in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that breathing through the nose improved memory function. More specifically, breathing through the nose helped participants with memorization and recalling previous memories.

Trauma can send the brain into overdrive and create compartmentalization, sectoring the brain off and blocking memory access. In order to heal fully from trauma, we must walk through our trauma entirely. Part of the way we do this is by taking a deep breath and continuing to do the work.

Everyone has a story of trauma before they come treatment. Everyone leaves with a story of recovery when they leave treatment. The Guest House Ocala is a private treatment center specializing in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Your program of care is customized according to your specific experiences and needs. Our luxury amenities provide the highest level of quality care and comfort so you feel safe, supported, and serene. Call us today for information: 1-855-483-7800