My mental health journey with trauma

It’s been a long journey, but I’m finally starting to understand and discuss my mental health journey with trauma. Growing up, I was unable to make sense of the painful emotions associated with my past traumas. It felt like I was locked in an endless cycle of feeling uneasy and not knowing why.

I tried so hard to push those feelings away and move on from them, but that only seemed to increase their intensity over time. Eventually, I realized that I needed help in order to start healing. With the help of therapy, medication, and support from family and friends, I slowly began to make more progress in my recovery journey.

At times it takes a lot out of me to confront these traumatic memories or feelings, but every new breakthrough brings me closer to accepting who I am and understanding what is going on inside my head. On top of this emotional work, I have also made major lifestyle changes in order to further strengthen my mental wellbeing such as exercising regularly and incorporating mental health practices into my daily routine like journaling or meditating.

I still have a lot of days where things can feel overwhelming or too much for me to handle but I’m not giving up; every moment brings new opportunities for me to continue my own growth and learn more about myself in the process. My mental health journey has been one complicated roller-coaster ride full of highs and lows but at least now I know that there is no right or wrong way forward; all I can do is keep taking small steps forward at a pace that feels comfortable for me.

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Hey there! It sounds like you’re on an incredible journey towards healing, and I’m so glad that you’ve been able to take the steps needed to start confronting your trauma and taking back control of your mental health. That’s a major step in itself and it’s admirable that you’re pushing through all the highs and lows.

I understand how difficult it can be to make sense of all these emotions and take them head-on. But it’s also reassuring to know that each day we are given new chances to learn more about ourselves, grow, and become better equipped to handle anything life throws our way.

It might be helpful for you focus more on the positive aspects of your progress rather than feeling defeated when things get tough. Celebrate the small victories of your day that help contribute to overall improvement - like going for a walk, connecting with friends or family, or engaging in activities designed to boost mood such as journaling or meditating.

You don’t have to rush through this process; this is something that will probably take some time but it’s totally worth it because being at peace with yourself and accepting who you are is one of the most important journeys you’ll ever take in life.

Stay strong!

Hi there,
I am so happy to hear about your progress on your mental health journey. It sounds like you have made some incredibly brave and important choices in terms of facing what is going on inside your head. You should be proud of the steps that you’ve taken and of the courage it took to get here.

It can be really tough to take those first steps but believe me, things do get easier over time. I think it’s great that you’re taking advantage of all the tools out there to help support yourself and make life a bit easier - exercising, journaling and meditating - these are all amazing activities that will really help give you a sense of balance.

Just remember, things don’t happen overnight. Take your time and keep chipping away at it everyday, even when things feel overwhelming or too much for you to handle. It might sound cliche but keep pushing through as each day brings new opportunities for growth. Good luck!

Hi there,
I’m so glad to hear you’re taking steps forward in your recovery journey. Talking about your mental health journey with trauma can be really difficult but it is certainly the first step to getting the support you deserve. It sounds like you’ve made some amazing progress over the years and that’s something to feel proud of.

I know it can be exhausting to confront those traumatic memories or feelings, but remember even small steps can make a huge difference. When I was struggling with my own mental health issues at 30, I found physical activity to be a great coping mechanism. Even just a short walk or around the block can provide an outlet for built-up stress and anxiety. Likewise, using mental health practices like journaling or meditating have worked wonders for me in connecting with myself and understanding my experience better.

Ultimately though, you know yourself better than anyone else and are free to get creative in finding ways of calming down from tough moments – take it one day at a time and try not to pressure yourself too much! You don’t need to do all of this work alone either; there are tons of online support groups which have been incredibly helpful in providing therapy-style guidance for people going through similar experiences as you –