Releasing and Healing Your Trauma
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus… or, in this case, Lucie Claus!! LOL! Bringing you week three of my month-long workshop-style blog series to help you step out of where you are stuck and into the life you were meant for, as the person you were meant to be! FREEDOM! Friend, that’s how it feels to work through the trauma, release the self-limiting beliefs, and move through your life with confidence – free!!
Recap and Preview
In the first week, we talked about the necessary mindset shifts it takes to discover and heal from your trauma, get unstuck, and achieve your fullest potential. Week two was educating about trauma and complex trauma, how it affects the mind and body, and how to identify trauma that is holding you back. If you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to read week one and week two before proceeding, and subscribe to be sure you’ll get the finale of the workshops right to your email when it is posted!
In the past two weeks, we have learned the importance of shifting our mindset; we dove deeper into knowing more about trauma; and, worked to intentionally discover and confront trauma hiding beneath the surface. Today, I am going to share about the next step in healing your trauma and complex trauma to take power back in your life. Only when you have identified trauma that is holding you back, can you begin healing, releasing, and moving forward with growth!
Where to Begin
So, you might be asking… how do I even start? Well, as I mentioned briefly in the last couple of weeks, you need to be ready. You need to work on shifting your mindset, and be in a healthy enough mental space, where you are able to handle the challenges that come with this type of healing and facing difficult traumas and triggers. And, you really need to want it. You have to be clear on your “why,” and that “why” needs to be enough to push you forward.
This type of healing isn’t going to happen over one month of blog workshops. But, I’d love to guide you to take some specific actions toward your healing. Over time, these actions will add up to an enormous amount of growth in your trauma healing journey. Here are some tools that are accessible to most and invaluable on your journey to healing (and have been on my own):
Journaling – write down all thoughts, feelings, wins, hardships, and realizations.
Validating self-talk – catch and correct negative self-talk.
A trusted mentor or guide (Life Coach)
Daily movement – yoga, outdoor walks, a good cleaning sesh, etc.
Rest – adequate sleep, time to shut your brain off, listening to your body’s needs.
Boundaries – with yourself and others.
Meditation – time with your higher power, inner self, whatever fuels your soul.
Vision board – visualize your dream life, your day-to-day routine, your home, etc.
Fueling your body with nourishment – not for how you look, but for how you feel.
Release to Heal
Trauma seems like such a powerful thing. When you discover the root of why you’ve been struggling and stuck, it can feel very victimizing. You start to realize how much your trauma has affected you… your confidence level, your relationships, your career choices, etc. It’s easy to spiral and feel out of control. But you are in control. You can take back that feeling of being in control. When you face your trauma head-on, you take away its power and put yourself back in the driver’s seat. Call it out.
Action steps to healing your trauma once you’ve identified it:
Call it out – name it out loud.
Feel it. All the emotions that come with trauma are easier if left buried; but that’s not healing. Allow yourself to unearth all the feelings and experience them.
Have empathy and give yourself grace for the decisions you made and experiences you had while in the thick of it.
Find what you gained from it. This is FAR easier said than done. But with your trauma, you have gained strength and experiences that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Find that thing and change your story.
Share with others. Maybe others who have delt with similar trauma, maybe a trusted or loved one.
Let it go. This will look different for each person. It could be loud or quiet, formal or informal. Some may just choose to make up their mind that it’s released and be done. Others may start a bonfire and burn something representing the trauma. Whatever is helpful for you to say goodbye to the power this trauma holds over you.
Leave space for the trauma to resurface. You may have to repeat steps as necessary. Your journey is your own.
These steps listed out neatly looks simple, but it’s far from it. Getting through each one is a journey in and of itself. Some may be easier and quicker to complete than others. A Life Coach can help you navigate these steps and this journey. No one can do the work for you, you are the only one in control of your trauma healing. However, an outside perspective can help you gain a different viewpoint and help you work through each step. Investing in time to work through your trauma, and in a coach to help you do so is an investment into yourself, your future, and the others in your life who depend on you as well.
As a Certified Transformational Life Coach, I would love to be a guide for you. It is my life mission to help you feel the emotional freedom that I now feel, and move on to experience healing, life building and success that you’ve only dreamed of at this point. Book a completely free consultation to learn more!
Lucie Mitchell, CTNC & CTLC
Fierce and Beautiful Wellness, LLC
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This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.