Five Responses for Coping with Pain and Stress from Trauma

Five Responses for Coping with Pain and Stress from Trauma

It is often suggested to avoid discussions about spirituality, yet this behavior offers numerous performance resources. Medical professionals openly ask questions about spiritual behaviors to energize performance outcomes. Pain, stress, and trauma effect mental and physical health. 

Jay Mahler is the founder of The California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative. His purview of spiritual performance is "the experience of 'madness' can include a profound experience of connection and spirituality; oneness with nature; and the meaning and purpose of life,"

A few of the most common questions that revolve around spiritual behaviors include:

  • "Why me?"
  • "Have I done something wrong to cause this to happen to me?"
  • "Can I still rely on myself?"
  • "What will the future hold for me?"

Fear's most common outcomes are withdrawal and ignorance. The University of Cambridge argue spiritual behaviors are "an important role in self-regulation" and proceed to report that shame causes a negative effect on self-motivation.

Motivation requires attention and effort.

Awareness of how the body is stimulated fosters abilities to connect with self, nature, and purpose. Self-regulation is the ability to manage body behaviors through stimuli. Attention to surroundings is part of self-regulation. Self-motivation is achievable with consistent effort to prepare the body or modify surroundings.

Listed below are five factors in relationship to spiritual behaviors of hypersensitive individuals. Strategy examples follow each.


This sensory response includes perception and awareness of self. Spiritual behaviors increases awareness of work safety through reducing emotional fear to act from mind and body confidence. More health resources here. Behaviors include:

  • a decrease in energy,
  • body weakness,
  • a decrease in awareness,
  • minimal interaction,
  • the requirement of extra movement to force or exert pressure on things, and
  • slow responses.

Incorporated meditative moments in each day improves awareness of mind-body connection. Yoga used as a health resource ignites mentally attending to getting the body into a unique position then sustaining it for a period of time.


Behaviors and sensitivities to touch may effect engaging in work or socializing. Spiritual behaviors improve awareness of self-accomplishments, creation outside of self, and recognition of others unique use of shared space. Common behaviors include:

  • being touchy,
  • enjoying messy activities,
  • fond of texture (i.e. gritty, prickly, mushy),
  • seeking rough play,
  • seeking deep pressure, and
  • poor hand and/or face hygiene.

An environment swap from the gym to outdoor workouts provide diverse textures to the hands and feet. A daily log followed activities like hiking, swimming, and climbing. More health resources here.

Body Position

Balance and head-to-toe sensitivities may be counter-productive to self-performance. Spiritual behaviors result in improved reliability of the mind and body to balance. Playful use of products reduce inhibitions of perceived 'foolishness' and improve humor, plus social presence in workplace cultures. Behaviors include:

  • slumping,
  • frequent hand placement to hold up the head,
  • poor balance,
  • frequent leaning on furniture, and
  • fearful of unsteady surfaces.

A corporate executive office is fitted with furnishings that stimulate. The desk chair postures use of the whole chair, including resting into the back of the chair, arms rested, and wheels encouraging footing. A textured area rug encourages 'shoes-off' time. Increased stair usage and walk from the parking lot increases mobility. Incorporate balance mechanisms when available (i.e. 6-10 inch stone wall). More ideas for alternative scenarios here.


Noise responses may have an appearance of disinterest, apathetic, or self-absorbance as exhibited by the behaviors listed below. Spiritual behaviors reinforce a positive self-presence and purposeful active listening with self and others.

  • missed cues and directions,
  • lack of attention to background noises,
  • seeks noisy environments,
  • repeated reply of "what did you say?", and
  • slow response to their name.

Collaboration area moved to an enclosed room, away from visual distraction, with supportive seating for postural reinforcements. Alternative design ideas here. Daily memorization of positive affirmations following writing and verbalizing with incorporation of name.

Joint and Muscle

Compression to the joints increases central nervous system response, circulation, and muscular engagement. Spiritual behaviors reinforce performance outside of the science of movement and into the art of peace-seeking within ambiguous circumstances. Body movements listed below are  common muscle activity behaviors:

  • difficulty with fine motor control (i.e. fingers and toes ability to grip, grasp, and hold),
  • difficulty grading the amount of pressure used with fine motor and gross (large body joints) motor movement,
  • seeks fast movement activities,
  • ability to spin without getting dizzy,
  • needs to constantly fidget or move around, and
  • difficulty sitting still.

A daily log listing five cause and effect experiences. Encourage logging unexplainable experiences. Write a thought of gratitude following each experience to motivate acceptance attitude. For ideas that are movement based look here.

Performance services including skilled observation of latent needs facilitates improvements in knowledge, design, and creative application. Stimuli in one domain helped another domain in the spiritual behavior scenarios above. To identify hyposensitive, hypersensitive, or magnasenstivie elements within performance behaviors contact us today.

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