HOW TO HEAL YOURSELF EMOTIONALLY FROM TRAUMA OR TRAGEDY
The best course of action for healing old emotional wounds is to be an active participant in your healing process. Here are three tips for healing emotional wounds to recover from trauma:
Healing Trauma Tip #2: Practice Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness means being self-aware and present in the current moment. This is key to a peaceful life at any stage, but especially after emotional trauma.
There’s a reason why people need to take time off from work and social engagements after a breakup or significant loss.
Slowing down allows us to acknowledge and validate our pain and wounded feelings.
This is much better than masking it with busy schedules or obligations.
Additionally, because mindfulness aligns you with the power of now, the traumas of your past will slowly begin to have less control over your emotional state.
I tell my clients that healing occurs in the present, not by dredging through all of the trauma forever. We may revisit the traumatic moments as a means of releasing the pain so that the wound can be uncovered.
However, we do not live in the past or stay there for too long.
Mindfulness can help retrain your brain to react differently to painful thoughts and memories.
It is an emotional response to a terrible event. Unfortunately, said terrible event can constitute a plethora of possibilities, including combat, rape, natural disasters, and assaults.
There are other potentially traumatic events, and though less talked about, are no less palpable. Ultimately, any event might be considered traumatic if you have experienced and/or witnessed a threat to your life, your body, or your moral integrity, or had a close encounter with violence or death.
Usually, when we are faced with danger, we go into fight-or-flight mode, during which our bodies release hormones to help us act faster, to either fight or flee.
Trauma inhibits this very normal and evolutionary response to danger. What trauma does, instead, elicits a profound sense of helplessness, during which one feels paralyzed from doing anything to be relieved from the circumstance.
Once you get to the root cause of your pain, you must lean into it and allow yourself to release it. The past only exists in the mind. Where you once were a victim, you can now choose to be a survivor by focusing on the beautiful opportunities available to you in the present moment. This is what a positive mental healing process involves.
Are you ready to take these steps?
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Join me next week for Tip 3 of our journey on How to Heal Yourself from Emotional Trauma or Tragedy.