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  • How to Begin Healing After Personal Trauma

    No one is ever fully prepared for a tragedy. However, some of us go through our lives believing that tragedies happen to other people, and we find ourselves surprised when we experience challenging or traumatic events. In this blog we will explore what healing after personal trauma looks like.

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    How to Begin Healing After Personal Trauma

    When people experience a distressing or life-threatening event, such as a car accident, natural disaster, or sexual violence, they often develop extreme anxiety or PTSD. Many develop ongoing problems with their personal relationships and their own self-esteem.

    Everyone deals with trauma in their own way. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to respond to a tragic or terrifying event. Don’t let anyone, not even yourself, tell you that you should respond in a certain way.

    Having said that, the following are steps you can take to begin healing after personal trauma, and regain control of your life:

    Healing Personal Trauma Tip #1: Accept Your Feelings

    Ignoring your feelings of fear, shock, rage, terror, confusion, or guilt will only slow your recovery. In the moment, you may feel you must avoid your emotions. But, whether you accept or push them away, your feelings are real, and feeling them is necessary for healing. The good news is, even intense feelings will pass if you simply allow yourself to feel them.

    Healing Personal Trauma Tip #2: Re-frame Your Identity

    After experiencing a traumatic event, it is common to feel helpless and out of control. To fully recover from the event, it is important that you eventually reframe your identity and challenge your feelings of helplessness. You can do this by taking action. Being proactive – even in small ways – will help you overcome feelings of fear and helplessness.

    Consider volunteering for a cause that’s important to you. If that is too much of a time commitment, you could simply focus on helping a friend or neighbour. This will help you feel more powerful and in control of your environment.

    Tip #3: Reach Out to Others

    It is common for people to want to withdraw from loved ones and social activities following a tragic event, but connecting with others is necessary for recovery. Though you may not feel up to taking part in huge gatherings like you once did, a simple face to face conversation with a close friend or relative can trigger hormones that relieve stress.

    You needn’t talk about the event with your loved ones, just simply spending time with them will help you feel more “normal” (that is if family and friends are safe). Of course, if you feel like you need to talk about your feelings, reach out to those you know love and support you. You may also want to look into support groups in your local area so you can be around others who know what you are going through.

    And finally, you may want to consider seeking guidance from a professional therapist who is trained in helping people who have experienced trauma. They can help you navigate your emotions as well as give you tools to get back on your feet.

    If you have experienced a traumatic event and feel you could use some guidance on your journey back toward peace and joy, please get in touch with us. You don’t have to suffer with your burden alone. Let’s journey together towards your healing after personal trauma.

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