There are different types of abuse, including physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse. Abuse generally occurs over a period of time, making overcoming the trauma it can cause challenging because it can create a personal narrative that is negative and self-fulfilling. Overcoming trauma is a process and it will probably not be a straightforward one.
There are things you can do to help yourself or a loved one working to overcome abuse-related trauma:
- Practice positivity: Starting with conscious positive affirmations is a good way to reinforce and reteach subconscious positivity.
- Focus on healing: There are times in life when your focus needs to be on yourself and when you are working on overcoming trauma, it is important to put yourself and your healing and wellbeing first. A support system and coping strategies can also be helpful.
- Find a way to stay active: Physical activity provides a natural mood boost and can be beneficial to your emotional and physical wellbeing.
- Celebrate your creativity: Expressing yourself through dance, visual art, music or another type of art can help you safely and constructively feel the things you need to feel during the healing process.
Recognize that many people require professional help when overcoming trauma related to abuse. If you struggle to sleep or maintain a healthy lifestyle because of your trauma-related challenges, you should consider seeking professional assistance. Flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts can be common issues and should alert you to seek help right away with someone who specializes in helping people who have experienced abuse and trauma.