It’s been a difficult journey to find mental peace, but I hope that my story of coping with acute mental trauma can provide comfort to anyone else who is struggling.
The first step in my recovery was acknowledging the pain. It felt like I was carrying a heavy weight around on my back, and it seemed impossible to shake it off. But I knew that all hope wasn’t lost, and if I could take responsibility for my own healing, then perhaps I could emerge from this experience stronger than ever.
I decided to begin attending therapy sessions regularly. My therapist provided unconditional support throughout the process, creating a safe space for me to explore my feelings without judgement or condemnation. We focused on exploring the root causes of my anxiety and developing coping strategies for any future triggers.
I also began practicing self-care activities such as mindfulness meditation and journaling to help clear my head and develop new perspectives about my circumstances. These physical practices helped keep me grounded in reality when intrusive thoughts threatened to overwhelm me.
In addition, I began reaching out for social support among trusted friends and family members who had experienced similar forms of psychological trauma in their own lives. Talking openly about our shared experiences allowed us to draw strength from each other as we worked on healing together.
Though times were tough, remembering that this too shall pass kept me pushing forward towards a brighter future despite feeling stuck in the darkness at times during my recovery journey. With patience, hard work and determination, I eventually emerged from the ‘shadow side’ of life with newfound appreciation for every day – good or bad – that comes after it.