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Emerging from the Shadows: Healing Trauma in the New Year


A woman hugging herself looking st the sunset in the horizon. releasing her trauma

I celebrate my body this season, imperfection and all. Returning home to myself is the greatest gift I can receive.” 

Emily McDowell 


I hope you had a restful holiday break and that you're having a gentle start to the year. I was fortunate to have the exact type of break I needed. Spending quality time with my loved ones and having loads of downtime.

 

My partner and I have developed a ritual of creating vision boards on the 1st of January and sharing our goals and intentions for the new year with each other. I also embarked on a 9-day cleanse as well as participating in a 7-day online retreat process.

Both experiences have allowed me to reflect on all aspects of my life.

 

 

The new year is a great time to reflect on our past experiences and set intentions for the future. For many of us, this process involves acknowledging and healing from past traumas that may have cast a shadow over our lives. Trauma can have a profound impact on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being, but with the right tools and support, it is possible to emerge from the shadows and embark on a journey of healing and transformation.

 

Understanding Trauma:

Trauma can manifest in various forms, such as physical abuse, emotional neglect, accidents, natural disasters, or the loss of a loved one. It leaves a lasting imprint on our psyche, often leading to symptoms like anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and a sense of disconnection from ourselves and others. Like anything we want to change, recognising and acknowledging its presence is the first step toward healing.

 

Creating a Safe Space:

Healing trauma requires creating a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your experiences without judgment or shame. This may involve seeking therapy or joining support groups where you can share your story and connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. It's important to remember that healing is a personal journey, and everyone's path may look different.

 

Embracing Self-Care:

It may feel like a broken record but self-care plays a vital role in healing trauma. Engaging in activities that bring joy, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and prioritising physical health can help you reconnect with your body and cultivate a sense of inner peace. It's essential to learn to listen to your needs and give yourself permission to rest, heal, and grow.

 

Therapeutic Approaches:

Several therapeutic approaches can aid in trauma healing. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns, while Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) focuses on processing traumatic memories through bilateral stimulation. Other modalities like art therapy, somatic experiencing, and mindfulness-based practices can also be beneficial in the healing process.

 

Building Resilience:

Healing trauma involves not only addressing past wounds but also building resilience for the future. This includes developing healthy coping mechanisms, setting boundaries, and cultivating a support network. Engaging in activities that promote self-expression, such as journaling, creative arts, or physical exercise, can also help build resilience and foster a sense of empowerment.

 

Finding Meaning and Purpose:

As we heal from trauma, we start to discover a newfound sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. This may involve advocating for others who have experienced similar traumas, sharing our stories to inspire and educate others, or pursuing passions and interests that bring them joy. Finding meaning and purpose can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth and transformation.

I believe my decision to become a therapist is a direct result of my own trauma.

 

 

Healing trauma is a courageous and transformative journey that takes time, patience, and support. As we enter the new year, embrace the opportunity to emerge from the shadows and embark on a path of healing and self-discovery.

By creating a safe space, practicing self-care, exploring therapeutic approaches, building resilience, and finding meaning and purpose, we can reclaim our lives and move forward with strength and resilience. Remember, you are not alone, and there is hope for a brighter future beyond trauma.

 

 

If you want to continue doing this healing work, I have several self-paced courses below and on my website. Additionally, if you want to engage in an intention-setting process, Living with Intention & Courage, check out my self-paced course below.

 

 

Wishing you a transformative 2024

Lots of hugs until next time.

 

Faith xoxo

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