Living with the effects of trauma can be overwhelming and I’m not ashamed to admit that my mental health has suffered as a result. I’ve worked hard at trying to come to terms with this, but it’s clear that I still have a long way to go.
My memories haunt me and my fear makes it difficult for me to function day-to-day. Despite this, I’m determined to improve my wellbeing, so any kind of support is welcome. It’s tough getting started on this journey when you feel like you have forgotten how to take care of yourself or don’t know where to begin.
There are times when the only way for me to cope is by distracting myself with activities or hobbies I enjoy. Reading books, playing music or going for walks can give me peace of mind, serve as a reminder that life can be enjoyable and help with managing my symptoms.
When I find myself in an especially low place, I remind myself that it won’t last forever, no matter how bleak things seem right now. Then I try to focus on one practical thing such as making a healthy meal or doing some stretching exercises that can help restore balance in difficult moments.
I’m learning everyday how vital self-care practices are in managing the emotional turmoil caused by trauma and improving mental health overall. This will take time, but I’m ready and willing for the challenge - even if it means taking small steps every day forward on my path towards healing.