May 01, 2024

How to Release Emotions Trapped in Your Body

by Lisa A. Romano

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Emotional wounds inflicted during childhood can linger and manifest in so many different ways throughout our lives. For many of us, these wounds result in difficulty regulating emotions, leading to challenges in relationships, self-esteem issues, and a real struggle to find inner peace. That's why it's really important for us to talk about healing from childhood trauma, understanding triggers, and mastering emotional regulation.

Understanding Childhood Emotional Trauma

Growing up in an environment where emotions are invalidated or ignored can have lasting effects on our ability to regulate emotions. When our parents fail to provide the necessary emotional support and validation, we as children learn to suppress our feelings or believe that our emotions are irrelevant because we just don't know any better. This lack of emotional regulation skills can lead to a range of issues in adulthood, including codependency, reactive behavior, and difficulty forming healthy relationships.

Recognizing Emotional Triggers

Emotional triggers are situations or circumstances outside of us that create intense emotional reactions. They are often linked to past traumatic experiences. These triggers can manifest in many ways, such as feelings of abandonment, betrayal, or inadequacy. 

The Importance of Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is the ability to manage and respond to emotions in a healthy way. For adult children of trauma, mastering emotional regulation can be seriously challenging because of how we think and feel but by learning to regulate our emotions, we can gain greater control over our lives and create space for healing and growth.

Techniques for Emotional Regulation

Several techniques can help us regulate our emotions effectively:

  1. Awareness and Observation: Pay attention to how your body responds to emotional triggers. Notice any physical sensations or changes in mood.

  2. Deep Breathing: Practice deep breathing exercises to calm the nervous system and reduce feelings of anxiety or stress.

  3. Journaling: Write down your thoughts and feelings to gain clarity and insight into your emotional experiences.

  4. Self-Reflection: Ask yourself probing questions to uncover the underlying causes of your emotional reactions.

  5. Setting Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries in relationships to protect your emotional well-being and assert your needs.

Healing the Inner Child

Many of our emotional wounds stem from childhood experiences, where we may have felt neglected, abandoned, or unloved. Healing the inner child involves acknowledging and nurturing the vulnerable aspects of ourselves that were wounded in the past. Through self-compassion, inner dialogue, and therapeutic techniques, we can begin to mend these wounds and reclaim our sense of self-worth.

Embracing the Journey

Healing from childhood trauma is a lifelong journey that requires patience, dedication, and courage. By embracing the darkness within us and learning to sit with our emotional pain, we can begin to transform our lives and break free from the cycle of reactivity and codependency. With each step we take toward emotional mastery, we reclaim our power and create a brighter, more fulfilling future for ourselves.

In conclusion, releasing trapped emotions in the body is a profound process that requires deep introspection, self-awareness, and a commitment to healing. By understanding the roots of our emotional wounds, practicing emotional regulation techniques, and nurturing our inner child, we can begin to break free from the grip of childhood trauma and create a life filled with love, joy, and authenticity. Remember, healing is possible, and you are worthy of the journey.

I really hope that offering you this third pathway allows you to understand that if you're struggling with strong emotion or strong negative emotion, dear one, it isn't your fault. All adult children from dysfunctional, alcoholic, narcissistic, and abusive homes struggle with strong emotions. So give yourself permission to have this third pathway that allows you to accept whatever you feel without judgment. And I promise you, it does take practice. But if you practice this, you will have a lot less resistance in your body and you will find alignment with how you want to feel quicker than you ever imagined. And if you're ready to take your inner child's healing journey to the next level, check out my 21-day coaching program. This is a 21-day journaling program available for immediate download that we're offering for a temporary price of $27. You can find the link here: if you'd like to start that today.