Any trauma to your body, mind or spirit will impact the other two and have negative impacts on all aspects of your health. Your healing process needs to be simple and focused on healthy choices. However, it’s critical that you don’t try to do this on your own. You’re Worth It: How to Heal After Trauma
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Making good choices about how you move your body and what you feed it is critical as you recover. Focus on practical, positive actions you can take to eat healthy and get some exercise. If you don’t feel safe running or walking outside, try to walk on the track at the gym while listening to music that makes you smile. Find make-ahead dishes or take home some healthy single-serving options you can use to eat well at every meal. Load up on fresh produce so every meal includes something raw and full of nutrients and fiber. Go easy on caffeine as it may make you anxious or edgy.
Don’t Isolate Yourself
You may feel as though you’re the only person ever to suffer what you’ve suffered or that you just want to heal in private. While some privacy is healthy, self-isolation can be destructive. First of all, there are people who care about you, and you need to connect with supportive loved ones. Secondly, it’s very healthy at this time to get out of your own head and feel normal. Contact a loving friend and go shoe-shopping, or put on an audiobook that makes you laugh. You need healthy human connections if you’re going to thrive after trauma.
If you’ve suffered damage or danger at the hands of another person, your brain has learned to be hyper-alert to the risk of additional trauma. This is your brain doing the job it was designed for, but a state of constant high alert is destructive.
Practice grounding techniques to combat trauma-related thoughts. To build a meditation practice that focuses on safety, find a small room in your living space that offers privacy. Place a comfortable chair or floor cushion in the space. Create a mantra or saying, such as, “Right here and right now, I am safely alone.” When your mind starts to wander, repeat the mantra to help your body and brain wind down. You may need to use noise canceling headphones to truly center and get out of a state of high alert. Controlling your thoughts is crucial to rebuilding your well-being. It may take some time, but your physical, mental, and spiritual state will improve.
You don’t have to live with the effects of trauma for the rest of your life. You can leave it in the past and rebuild. These are some ways you can handle some of it on your own, but ultimately, it’s best to see professional assistance for your healing journey.