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10 Ways To Start Healing From Childhood Trauma

This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

We tend to underestimate the importance of the experiences we have as children. Childhood experiences can also have a long-term impact on our lives when we’re adults. The foundation of our character is built in childhood, and as human beings, we use it to make sense of the world around us and our ideas, feelings, and relationships.

More often than we realize, childhood trauma is a reality. When we’re kids, we don’t always know what’s going on and how it will affect our development in the future. As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and only when we grow up are we able to see how it might impact us. We can also see if a professional therapist can assist us in dealing with the issue at hand.

What Constitutes Childhood Trauma?

Experiencing uncomfortable or emotionally traumatic circumstances as a child can lead to childhood trauma. There are many examples of this, such as a threat of death, major injury, or sexual assault. A child’s exposure to traumatic events can cause childhood trauma as well as the child’s direct experience of terrible events.

Direct trauma exposure, witnessing trauma, or being exposed to trauma are all examples of this.

Childhood traumas that are most common in children include:

  • Abuse and neglect of children (abuse, neglect)
  • A history of domestic abuse
  • Teasing or belittling
  • Violent crime in the community
  • Automobile crashes
  • Calamities caused by nature

These traumas can lead to mental health issues. Post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the possible mental health conditions.

Ways To Heal

1.Accept that it happened. Especially if it was trauma at the hands of a parent or loved one, the love you feel for that person and the pain that they caused you can exist simultaneously.

 

  1. Talking with a therapist may help you put negative experiences or unkind words from a loved one behind you and, in the end, overcome a fear of rejection.It can help you with the objectivization of your experience, allowing you to better understand it from an outside perspective. Learn more about this at https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/childhood/.

 

  1. If you experienced the death of a loved one, even if a parent or caregiver was cruel, the death of a loved one is always traumatic. You can ultimately let go of a departed parent by acknowledging both their good and terrible qualities. There is a possibility that you can even forgive.

 

  1. Recognize the things that trigger you. Things like someone raising their voice or having to try on clothes at a store if you were body shamed when you were younger can be very triggering. Take a moment to point out these stressors that set you off.

 

  1. When you respond to a trigger, you perpetuate a vicious cycle of pain within yourself. Break the cycle by making an effort to change your reactions to your triggers.

 

  1. Try alternative treatments such as EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy, or somatic experiences to subdue the neurological responses to your triggers. Overcoming the physiological responses to your trauma can go a long way.

 

  1. For some people, expressing their faith can be a powerful way to both reinforce their own self-worth and let go of their prior frustrations. Many religions have teachings on rebirth and renewal that might be helpful in the process of shedding the old skin from one’s psyche.

 

  1. You might be raising your own children one day, vowing never to harm them in the same way that you have been harmed yourself. As an alternative, you could consider becoming a volunteer and aiding the development of less fortunate children. There is, of course, a degree of risk. As a result of the trauma of the past, you may be compelled to repeat the same mistakes. However, with the right assistance and focus, you can get it done correctly. Help raise a healthy child, and you and the world will both benefit.

 

  1. It is common for trauma to co-occur with other psychiatric conditions. Medications may be necessary in some circumstances to adequately quiet trigger responses.

 

  1. If you can, let go of the past. The most important thing to remember is to let go. Try to accept it if you can’t let it go. This world is filled with inequity and injustice. Holding on to pain, on the other hand, just worsens it. If you’re able to, practice acceptance and release.

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