Self-Care for Trauma Survivors
Trauma can be referenced as a distressing and disturbing psychological experience. But it can also be regarded as physical injuries, such as wounds, internal organ damage, and broken bones. People who undergo physical trauma may also be subject to psychological complications due to the accident.
Achieving moments of self-care or self-kindness is often a difficult task for survivors of complex trauma. However, it’s still important because we risk emotional instability, burnout, and medical health issues without it.
We must make a conscious effort to meet our emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. Applying self-care techniques of low, medium, and high impact can benefit survivors.
1. Low Effort Self Care Techniques
Take a 10-minute break from everyday tasks for meditation to recharge yourself and permit yourself to rest. Every day silence your phone to disconnect from the world and connect with yourself to practice self-acceptance.
Listen to audiobooks and podcasts that feel uplifting and hydrate yourself while you are at it. Indulge in a skincare routine and make it a habit to apply facial creams, body lotions, and essential oils while paying attention to your skin and senses to teach yourself body positivity.
During this phase, do everything you enjoy while making a conscious attempt to keep the stressors out.
2. Medium Effort Self Care Techniques
Let us turn things up a notch and get you to be healthy. Remember that getting started is the tricky part, but now that you have, you can achieve all that you please.
Start by scheduling a self-healing appointment for yourself or getting into the habit of exercising every day. You can also bump up your skincare regime by throwing in some facemasks or painting your nails. When you feel a little more forgiving, write yourself a letter of self-forgiveness or tell your body that you’re grateful for all that it does for you. It’s time to take on the world one day at a time and get in touch with everything that once might have overwhelmed you.
3. High Effort Self Care Techniques
Consider a social media detox, take a road trip, rearrange the living space, teach yourself a new lesson, or even get a tattoo.
You’re going to want to place yourself in a safe space and connect with a sense of spirituality to allow your heart to speak. When you step out, you must be able to practice emotional self-regulation.
Author Stephanie Hart, in her book, Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories, has written about traumatic experiences at different stages of her life, always with an eye for how the effects of these experiences can be overcome. Buy now on Amazon Kindle or in stores at Barnes & Noble.