Three Ways To Move On Childhood Trauma
Updated: Apr 9
It is a sad fact that many of us have suffered from some sort of childhood trauma, and this often has an impact on our later years, to greater or lesser extent depending on the circumstances. Moving past this can be extremely difficult, but it is possible. One key thing to remember at all times is that you don't have to do it on your own. As a life coach I am able to help people move forward with their lives, but a counsellor can offer alternative support. You must do what is right for you, but in this blog I give three ways that you can move forward from your experiences.
Seek therapy: Therapy is an effective way to deal with the emotional and psychological effects of childhood trauma. A qualified therapist can help you understand your experiences and emotions, and provide you with tools to cope with them. There are several types of therapy that can be effective in treating trauma, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). These therapies can help you develop skills to manage symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In therapy, you can also learn to identify and challenge negative beliefs that you may have developed as a result of your trauma, such as feeling unworthy or unlovable. You can also explore healthy coping mechanisms and develop a sense of resilience. Therapy can take time and patience, but it can be incredibly helpful in moving on from childhood trauma. As I wrote in my introduction, life coaching can be a big help, as can counselling, especially if you're prepared to put the time in.
Practice self-care: Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. It's important to prioritise self-care to promote healing and well-being after experiencing childhood trauma. Self-care can include activities such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
Self-care can also include practising mindfulness and relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. These techniques can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. It's important to prioritise self-care in your daily routine to help you manage stress and build resilience.
Doing these things won't necessarily eradicate the feelings you get totally, but used in conjunction with other things, such as seeing a life coach, they can certainly enhance your healing.
Connect with supportive people: Connecting with others who understand and support you can be a crucial part of moving on from childhood trauma. Building a support network of friends and family who are supportive and understanding can provide a sense of safety and security. Support groups for trauma survivors can also be helpful in providing a safe space to share experiences and receive validation and support.
It's important to be open and honest about your experiences and feelings with those you trust. This can be challenging, as many survivors of trauma may feel shame or guilt about their experiences. However, connecting with supportive people can help you feel less alone and more empowered to move forward.
You never have to go through this healing journey alone.
In summary, moving on from childhood trauma requires a combination of professional help, self-care, and supportive relationships. Each of these methods can help you develop the skills and resilience needed to overcome the effects of trauma and live a fulfilling life.