How to Use Self Care and Mindfulness to Cope with Trauma and Move Forward

How do you use mindfulness and self-care to help you deal with trauma and move forward?

  1. If you are in crisis, it is important to seek support and make sure that your basic needs are being met. Healing starts with restoring our sense of safety and nourishing our physical bodies.
  2. Develop awareness – learn to be an observer of yourself and your life. You can do this by paying attention to your physical body. Breath deeply and notice what you feel. Do you have pain in your body? Why is that pain there? Is it physically or emotionally related? Are you holding onto stress or a particular emotion?
  3. Know that stress often manifests as pain in our bodies. Often times, stress gets stored in areas where we have had previous injuries because that area is more vulnerable. Pain from an injury can take time to manifest and gets worse over time if not treated.
  4. Practice acceptance – it is important to accept all experiences non-judgmentally even if it is painful. When we are not in acceptance we may be in resistance, in denial, or trying to control the situation, all of which keep us stuck in the past.
  5. Let go of any attachments or emotions related to the situation.
  6. Make a plan for the future. What are the next steps?

What are some things you can do for self-care?

  • Epsom salt baths help to cleanse energy and are good for pain and inflammation. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to your bath water, you can also add baking soda for additional detoxification. If you can’t take a bath, you can use the salts as a scrub in the shower or soak in a hot tub.
  • Meditation
  • Journal
  • Spend time in nature
  • Exercise
  • Nourish the body with health foods
  • Do things you enjoy and spend time with people who support you!

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