The journey of healing has been a long one for me. It wasn’t until recently that I began to understand the power of trauma in my life. Every day I faced an onslaught of emotions and intrusive thoughts that hindered my ability to live life to its fullest. After visiting different therapists, I’ve made the decision to pursue trauma treatment.
This past year has been filled with ups and downs as I navigate through the healing process. Every step feels like two steps forward and one step back, but I’m so proud of myself for not giving up, no matter how scared or vulnerable it sometimes felt. Learning about trauma-based therapies has shown me that there’s more than one way to heal, allowing me to experience healthier ways of dealing with emotions such as anxiety and depression.
It hasn’t been easy yet the commitment to self-care has kept me going day by day. Stopping certain habits, like avoidance or distraction from feeling my emotion has helped me take ownership over the decisions I make when it comes to my wellbeing. Now more than ever, I am grateful and humbled by the amazing support system around me that encourages growth - this is something that has brought real freedom into my life.
Being on this mental health journey still terrifies me at times because healing takes courage and resilience but it’s worth every ounce of dedication if it means feeling healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally again for good!