By Monica Brown

Hey Unspoken Truth fam, have you ever looked in the mirror and seen a stranger staring back? Eyes that once sparkled with joy might now hold a flicker of fear. A smile that used to light up a room might be replaced by a grimace that whispers of battles fought and scars etched deep.

Self-Care and Recovery After Trauma

Trauma, that unwelcome visitor, can shatter our sense of self, leaving us questioning our worth and wondering if the light will ever return to our eyes. It’s a thief that steals our sense of safety, trust, and belonging, leaving behind a desolate landscape of doubt and insecurity.

We may feel like shattered porcelain dolls, the delicate pieces of our self-worth scattered across the floor. But here’s the truth, Unspoken Truth fam, those cracks don’t define you.

How to Release Trauma From the Body

The Unspoken Grief of Trauma

Trauma often travels hand-in-hand with an unspoken grief , a deep, soul-aching sadness for the person we were before the world shattered. This grief can manifest in a million ways:

The Haunting Silence

So, why are passions the secret weapon for self-worth? Here’s why:

The Inner Critic’s Scorn

A harsh voice whispers doubts and criticisms, chipping away at the remnants of our self-esteem.

The Disconnection

We feel a disconnect from ourselves, our bodies, and the world around us, questioning who we are and where we belong.

Can You Heal from Trauma Without Therapy?

But there is hope, Unspoken Truth fam. There is a path to healing, a way to mend the cracks and emerge stronger, more resilient, and with a self-worth that shines brighter than ever before.

Relighting the Flame

This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Here are some embers to help reignite the flame of your self-worth. This is solely based on steps that I had to take to re-ignite my own flame.

Acknowledge the Pain

The first step is acknowledging the trauma and its impact. Don’t bottle it up, allow yourself to grieve and feel the emotions. Bottling it up only prolongs the suffering.

Seek a Beacon of Light

Find a therapist, counsellor, or support group. Having a safe space to share your story and receive support is crucial for healing.

Embrace the Mosaic

Trauma may have left scars, but they are a part of your story. They speak of your strength, resilience, and the battles you’ve overcome. See yourself as a beautiful mosaic, the cracks filled with the gold of your inner strength.

Practice Self-Compassion

You wouldn’t judge a wounded friend harshly. So why be so critical of yourself? Treat yourself with kindness and understanding as you navigate the healing path.

Reconnect with What Makes You Shine

Rediscover the things that brought you joy before the trauma. Maybe it’s painting, writing, dancing, spending time in nature – reconnect with those activities that remind you of your spark.

It’s Never Too Late

Final Thoughts

Remember, Unspoken Truth fam, you are worthy of love, of happiness, and of a life that shimmers with light. The trauma may have dimmed your flame, but it didn’t extinguish it. With time, compassion, and the support of loved ones, you can heal, reclaim your self-worth, and shine brighter than ever before.

Monica Brown, Changemaker, Activist And Social Entrepreneur, CRW NEWS Freelance Columnist

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