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The Body Keeps The Score

Sigma Chi at Ball State University

The Body Keeps The Score

On December 9, we were honored to host Janet Ditslear, mother of Sam Ditslear and licensed therapist, at our Chapter meeting. Janet had plenty of good information about improving our mental health and processing trauma in a healthy way.

In her talk, Janet discussed how ‘the body keeps the score,’ meaning that although our minds might be feeling a certain way, our body certainly experiences trauma in a much different way. She also noted she was proud that our house is was very diverse, in the sense that we all come from different backgrounds.

As a whole, our chapter has experienced lots of trauma this past semester, and we are actively trying to process our trauma in healthy ways. Thanks to Janet, we have plenty of new ways to work on ourselves and each other.

“Trauma is an abnormal event that we try to rationalize in a normal way. We can’t change what happened, but we can work on how our bodies react to it.”

Janet gave us some pieces of paper that helped us rate our emotions, and left us with a question-packed discussion and some calming breathing techniques.

Thank you, Mrs. Ditslear! We appreciate your kindness and care for our members.

This article was written exclusively for Ball State Sigma Chi’s The Cardinal Sig and was featured in the December/January newsletter. To read more from that newsletter, click here.