Healing from emotional or psychological trauma is just as important—and doable—as healing from physical trauma. It can be a confusing journey though, so here are some important steps you can take to facilitate the healing process:
Take it one day at a time. Recovery of any kind is a big job, and can feel overwhelming if you are focused only on the enormity of the task. Zero in on small things you can do each day—walking, expressing yourself through art or journaling, or reading an inspiring book—to help you find happiness. If a day goes badly—and some days will—recognize that you have a fresh start tomorrow.
Make and maintain connections with people. Good relationships help us combat the tendencies towards isolation that can come with trauma, and are a great source of strength. Let people you trust in on your feelings so they can better understand what you’re going through and what you need. Take time to play, work, laugh, and find common interests with others.
Lastly, look outwards. It sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes healing takes place when we concentrate on helping others. You may want to do something formal, like volunteering with an organization that supports a cause you feel strongly about; or you might want to do something with more flexibility, like calling someone who could use a boost.
Whatever you choose to focus on, have faith in yourself and know that your mind and heart have the ability to heal, just as your body does.