Healing and Overcoming Emotional Trauma
Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. It can happen when we’re young, it will most likely happen when we grow older—it’s part of what makes us human. And while trauma molds us and makes us stronger, it also leaves scars that we carry with us through life.
This can be a heavy burden and a constant reminder of what we quietly suffer from, no matter how much time has passed since the event. And while we highly encourage you to seek professional help to healthily cope with trauma, there are also a few tactics to implement into your life to ease the weight as you go about your day to day life.
RECOGNIZE AND EMBRACE WHAT HURTS
As humans, we tend to bury things as far down as possible so they’re unreachable and therefore can’t hurt us. Unfortunately, at some point we all hit a breaking point that leads to an outburst of emotion that is uncontrollable and bad for our health.
Even though it’s uncomfortable, try to look back on the moments that caused you pain and accept them as part of your story. A healthy way to do this is to meditate and pinpoint the emotions that you associate with the trauma. As you embrace these feelings, we encourage you to allow your body to react; cry, yell, punch a pillow. With time, you’ll begin to gain wisdom and understand the message that’s deep rooted in this trauma so you can walk forward in life with more knowledge and self love than ever before.
ANTICIPATE TRIGGERS AND OLD PATTERNS
You know better than anyone else who/what triggers your anxiety from a past trauma. Whether it’s being in big crowds, watching certain shows or visiting specific cities, make sure you tread lightly during these encounters. Connect with friends who you trust and make them aware of what triggers you so you build a support system during these times of vulnerability. It’s unlikely you can avoid these triggers forever, so it’s important to create a healthier relationship with them, gradually and slowly. We suggest journaling, talking to a professional and working to accept and embrace these things, places or people as part of your past and what made you into who you are today.
PRIORITIZE SELF CARE
Take care of yourself. Maintaining a healthy mental and physical state will make those things that negatively affect you a little less daunting. Eat well, stay active, find creative outlets and hobbies that excite you. Keep your home neat, socialize with friends, get a good night’s sleep, and pause to appreciate nature every now and again—find reasons to be happy despite the things you’ve gone through. Continue to meditate and work on finding peace of mind during moments of stress and anxiety. The more positivity you have in your life, the easier it will be to isolate those negative emotions and really hone in on ways to fix them.
BE PATIENT AND KIND TO YOURSELF
Trauma is often associated with shame—we avoid talking about it or even thinking about it because it highlights our imperfections, mistakes or humbling moments. Rather than hide these moments and coat them in shame, accept them as part of your life, and treat yourself kindly for all the obstacles you’ve overcome and challenges you’ve pushed through. No matter what you’ve experienced, you’re a warrior who deserves appreciation, patience and love, especially from yourself.