Trauma: It Can Be a Real Future Killer
Updated: Mar 22
Hey, what's up? We all have goals we want to reach, but sometimes stuff from the past can totally mess with our vibe. I want to share my experience dealing with trauma and how it can really throw us off our game.
My Struggles: I've had some tough stuff happen in my life that's left a real mark. Even when things seem to be going great, reminders of those experiences can totally wreck my mood and motivation.
The Cycle of Trauma: It's like a roller coaster, am I right? You're cruising along, feeling good, and then bam! Something reminds you of the past, and it's like you're right back in that dark place. It can be hard to shake off those feelings and get back on track.
Coping Strategies: So, what do we do about it? First of all, self-care is key. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally, whether it's exercise, healthy eating, or just doing things that make you happy. Talk to a therapist or counselor if you need to, and build a support system of friends and family who have your back. And remember, it's all about progress, not perfection.
When I'm triggered by a reminder of the past, the first thing I do is recognize the stress and anxiety that comes with it. Then, I remind myself that I'm safe today, and I allow the event to briefly play out in my mind. I've found that if I don't acknowledge the pain, I don't move on as well and can get stuck in a negative cycle. But after allowing myself to feel the emotions, I walk through all of the successes and wins that helped me heal through the pain. I remind myself of the progress I've made and the strength I've gained. And finally, I express gratitude for my growth and progress. It's important to remember that managing the hidden moments is trauma recovery _it is an active process. If I don't do the work I could be held hostage by any potential flare-ups. I want to have a practice in place to deal with the moment, empowering the idea that I have a solution. Taking care of myself is a critical part of that process. So, I'll grab a cup of tea and remind myself that I'm doing the real work to heal and grow.
Finding Strength in the Journey: Dealing with trauma isn't easy, but it's important to remember that you're not alone. By recognizing the progress you've made and the coping mechanisms you've developed, you can find strength in the journey.
Conclusion: Reaching our goals is a journey, and sometimes past traumas can throw us off course. But with the right tools and support, we can manage the impact of trauma on our lives and keep moving forward. Don't let trauma kill your future – you've got this.
PS: Our brains can be pretty wacky, especially when it comes to trauma. It's like the brain's internal alarm system gets tripped, and suddenly we're in full-on fight or flight mode. But the good news is that the brain is also incredibly adaptable and capable of change.
With the right tools and strategies, we can hack our way around the brain's trauma response and get back on track towards our goals. Mindfulness, exercise, and therapy are all great ways to help rewire the brain and overcome the cycle of trauma.
So, let's get those neurons firing in the right direction! Take care of yourself, reach out for help when needed, and focus on progress, not perfection. Remember, the brain may be a little quirky, but with a positive attitude and a willingness to try new things, we can make progress towards healing and growth.