Unmotivated? Trauma Drive Is Likely to Blame
We’ve all been there. Our desire to do something is steadily dwindling, and the motivation for completing or doing anything strenuous begins to slowly disappear, almost as if life is slowly draining out of our bodies. We find ourselves in a place of stagnation, and deep down, we know that this is the result of something from our past.
Trauma drive is a term that refers to a cluster of emotions and behaviors caused by unresolved traumatic experiences lingering in the person’s subconscious. Could this be the culprit behind your unmotivated state? It’s time to take some steps to help you cope with the trauma drive.
The main cause of this lack of motivation is unresolved trauma. Trauma, simply put, is a shocking experience that has a lasting and destructive impact on the individual’s psychological and emotional well-being. These traumas may be related to family disputes, tragic losses, childhood abuse, and other issues that have the potential to harm an individual’s mental wellbeing.
If the individual does not receive adequate support and resources to cope with their traumatic experiences, it is only natural for them to feel a sense of helplessness, despair and fatigue. This feeling is what makes up “trauma drive” - the pull of the negative memories and feelings towards the person that makes it hard for them to muster up the energy to move forward.
So how can we handle this trauma drive? The first step is to work through the past experiences that are causing the emotional discomfort. This doesn’t mean digging deep and re-visiting painful memories; rather, it is about simply recognizing how you felt, allowing yourself to process the pain and then consciously deciding to let it go.
Speaking with a qualified therapist or counselor can also be a great way of dealing with the underlying trauma. A trained professional can provide the necessary guidance, assistance and emotional support to help identify the residual effects of trauma and help the individual learn the tools they need to move forward and reclaim the motivation they need.
Constructing a solid support system can go a long way when it comes to overcoming trauma drive. Surround yourself with people who relate to and understand your situation. Reaching out to family, friends and colleagues can help provide an outlet for difficult emotions and allow for constructive conversation about these experiences.
Commit to self-care. Introduce activities that help to promote a healthy lifestyle and boost your mood. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, and even something as simple as a walk around the neighborhood can all be used to foster a sense of peace and relaxation in order to combat the emotional angst of trauma drive.
We all come across rough patches in our lives, but knowing our triggers and how to respond to them can help us cope better and regain the confidence and drive that was once missing. Trauma drive does not have to remain a hindrance that pulls us down. With a little care and dedication, we can all start to move towards a brighter future.
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