Maybe you experienced traumatic events as a child that you have never quite moved past. You may not have even realized how deeply these memories affected you until well into adulthood. But perhaps something has brought up these emotions recently, or perhaps they have lingered in the background throughout your entire life.

Either way, it feels like your unaddressed childhood trauma is about to push you to the breaking point. Trying to navigate your day-to-day life while struggling with your past trauma has become unsustainable. Here’s how you can start taking steps to process your feelings and begin your genuine healing journey.

Prioritize Physical Self-Care

If you’re coping with the effects of childhood trauma in adulthood, there’s a good chance you’ve been holding on to trauma in your body. Even if you don’t think about your traumatic experiences often, your body remembers the sensations that you felt during those events.

When you encounter circumstances that remind you of the event, you might experience those sensations all over again. This is why physical self-care is paramount for people trying to recover from childhood trauma. Eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly can all help you feel more comfortable and at ease in your own body.

Allow Yourself to Feel Your Feelings

You might be used to suppressing or dismissing the complex emotions that arise in relation to your past trauma. But in order to truly process these experiences and heal from them, you need to feel these feelings. Sometimes, engaging in mindfulness or movement practices, like meditation or yoga, in safe spaces can help.

Writing in a journal or expressing yourself through another creative medium, like painting or drawing, can help you make sense of these emotions and release them.

Shift Your Self-Talk

If you lived through traumatic events as a child, you might be prone to negative self-talk as an adult. You may be extremely harsh and critical of yourself when you make a mistake, or you might talk yourself out of things you want to do. Pay close attention to your inner monologue.

Do you say things about yourself that you would never say to a close friend? If so, try to speak to yourself with a deeper sense of compassion. It takes time and practice to adjust your self-talk, so be patient with yourself during this process.

Show Your “Inner Child” Some Love

People who dealt with childhood trauma often feel like they never had the chance to simply enjoy their childhoods. Showing some love to your inner child today can help you heal those wounds.

Maybe there was an activity you wanted to try out as a child that you never got the chance to, or maybe your family judged the books, movies, or TV shows you enjoyed. Allow yourself to enjoy the things you never got to as a child without negative judgment.

Talk to a Therapist

Finally, it is important to note that trying to overcome childhood trauma without professional support is not always advisable.

Depending on your specific experiences, your current support system and resources, and the severity of your current symptoms, you may be better off talking to a therapist than trying to take on this challenge by yourself. By working with a therapist, you’ll gain skills and tools that you can use outside of sessions to improve your quality of life.

Are you struggling to cope with the effects of childhood trauma as an adult? Working with a therapist could be the key to processing these events. Reach out to us to learn more about our trauma therapy services.

 

 

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