5 Ways to Alleviate Pain from Trauma
Updated: Apr 19
It can be especially difficult and feel overwhelming to imagine going through this process of moving through trauma that's outlined. Your experience is unique for you. This list is not exhaustive, it is one way to begin the journey. It may look different for you as it does for someone else. Most of all honor where you at in the present and the current season you are in.
1. Self-Validate and show up
Emotions are natural and flow as part of your experience.
Emotions do not make up who you are, just as waves are not the ocean.
Avoiding your emotions doesn't make them go away. As with waves, emotions keep coming.
Acknowledge and self-validate your experience in order to heal.
Allow this to be one way to show up for you.
2. Observe and Accept yourself
Observe the emotions coming up and notice what is happening in your body.
Give yourself the permission to have space with your emotions.
Approach your feelings curiously and attentively.
This may feel difficult, but it's the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
3. Use it to guide you
Your emotions are a guide that helps inform you.
They are not always complete and are not necessarily fact.
Feeling sad does not mean you're a sad person.
Move towards yourself
Your emotions are a guide informing you of what's important; what you can attend to.
4. Practice Kindness, compassion, and patience
Healing doesn't mean you feel good all the time.
Practicing kindness is giving yourself the time and space for array of emotions from trauma.
Emotions are not always complete and are not necessarily fact.
Show yourself kindness without self-blame, criticism, and judgement.
5. Find Meaning and Community
Healing can be reinventing yourself and having meaning that is purposeful.
Allow for your life to look different.
Find other outlets, reach out to people you trust and enjoy being around.
Community gives you a sense outside of yourself.
Sharing your story is a way to gain healing.
Join a group with a common interest or help someone else in need.