Is Fatigue Linked to Childhood Trauma?

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Unveiling the Shadows: Chronic Fatigue and the Echoes of Childhood Trauma

Hello to All You Incredible Warriors,

As a devoted Childhood Trauma Expert and Inner Resilience Coach, I’ve encountered countless stories of resilience, each marked by unique battles and triumphs. Today, I want to delve into a topic, close to my heart, that affects many but is often shrouded in mystery in the medical field: the connection between chronic fatigue (auto-immune illness) and childhood trauma.

This post is designed for all you brave women who find yourselves perpetually exhausted, seeking answers that seem just out of reach. How do I know about this, this was my life until I managed to overcome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue) and Fibromyalgia naturally and spent 1,000’s of hours researching this field and went on to qualify as a recovery specialist.

Understanding Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue in adulthood can often feel like a relentless fog—dimming your vibrancy, draining your energy and leaving you feeling perpetually worn out, regardless of how much you rest. While many factors can contribute to this condition, one less-discussed origin is childhood trauma.

The Science Behind the Fatigue

  1. Stress Response System Overload: Childhood trauma can cause a hyper-activation of the stress response system. When this system is in a constant state of alert, it can lead to adrenal fatigue, which significantly impacts the thyroid and energy levels, leaving you feeling drained and exhausted.
  2. Emotional and Psychological Toll: The emotional labor required to manage unresolved trauma can be immense. This ongoing, often subconscious effort can manifest physically, with chronic fatigue being a prime symptom.
  3. Sleep Disturbances: Those with unresolved childhood trauma often struggle with sleep issues—whether it’s difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep. Poor sleep quality is a direct contributor to daytime fatigue.
  4. Immune System Impact: Persistent stress and emotional turmoil can weaken the immune system, leading to increased vulnerability to infections and illnesses, which can also exacerbate feelings of fatigue.

Recognizing the Signs

If you’re wondering whether your chronic fatigue might be linked to past trauma, consider these questions:

  • Do you find yourself constantly tired, no matter how much you sleep?
  • Do your energy levels dip significantly in response to stress or emotional upheaval?
  • Have you noticed a persistent feeling of being ‘drained’ emotionally and physically?

Steps Towards Healing

Understanding the root cause of your fatigue is the first step in addressing it. Here’s how you can begin to reclaim your energy:

  • Seek Professional Guidance: A specialist in trauma and chronic fatigue, like myself and others, can help you work through unresolved issues, potentially alleviating some of the emotional burdens contributing to your fatigue.
  • Prioritise Restorative Sleep: Implementing a calming bedtime routine, ensuring your sleeping environment is conducive to rest and to minimise sleep disturbances can make a significant difference.
  • Nutrition and Exercise: Healthy eating with the right kind of physical activity at the right time, can improve your overall energy levels and enhance your immune system.
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practices like yoga, Qigong (practised in a supportive way so it doesn’t enhance crashes) meditation, and deep-relaxed breathing exercises can reduce stress and improve your overall sense of well-being.

Conclusion: You Are Not Alone

If you recognize yourself in these descriptions, remember, you are not alone. Many women experience similar challenges, and acknowledging this is a pivotal step towards healing. Chronic fatigue doesn’t have to define your life. With the right support and strategies, you can begin to peel back the layers of fatigue and rediscover the energy to enjoy your life to the fullest.

With compassion and hope for your healing journey,

Sarah Rees-Evans
Childhood Trauma, Inner Resilience and Wellness Specialist for women

PS. If you’d love to work together, I offer a small number of private 1:1 coaching throughout the year, to work through a bespoke trauma, lifestyle and wellness programme to help you break-through the hidden impact of trauma keeping you stuck in your past.

The bespoke programme helps you get to the root of your childhood trauma holding you back in life, including belief systems, triggers and so you have the tools to navigate life’s challenges to elevate your wellness and prosper in life. The programme includes, breath-work, chronic fatigue & gut health specialist coaching. Reach out on Instagram, if you’re ready to take that next step – Instagram

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