10 Strategies to Overcome Childhood Trauma

Unhealed childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on our lives, shaping how we think, feel and interact with others. In this article, we will discuss the complexities of unresolved childhood trauma and its far-reaching consequences before concluding with some practical steps towards healing.

Understanding Unresolved Childhood Trauma:

Childhood trauma refers to negative occurrences in early life which may continue affecting the mental, emotional and physical health of an individual. Regardless of whether the trauma stems from abuse, neglect, witnessing violence or other distressful occurrences in childhood that are not resolved it can show itself as anxiety and depression during adulthood with relationship problems and low self-esteem.

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Effects of Unresolved Childhood Trauma:

Emotional Dysregulation:

People who have unresolved childhood trauma may find it hard to control their emotions, having explosive and chaotic moods.

Trust Issues:

Failure to experience safety and security in childhood results in challenges of building and sustaining trusting relationships during adulthood.

Low Self-Esteem:

Childhood trauma can lead to a lack of self-worth, which creates inadequacy and doubt that remains even into adulthood.

The Body Keeps the ScoreThe Body Keeps the Score – Dr. Bessell van der Kolk

This is perhaps the most popular and prominent book on trauma written today. The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessell van der Kolk is known for presenting information that helps us understand and heal from trauma. The book is rich with the experiences of people who have survived traumatic experiences. Though not exclusively a childhood trauma book, this book can help adults understand how trauma from earlier years has impacted them and how to start the healing process.

Recurring Flashbacks and Nightmares:

The traumatic memories may come back in the form of flashbacks or nightmares and cause distress continuously

Impaired Relationships:

Unresolved trauma can lead to impoverished connectivity, which may result in intimacy and communication issues.

10 Strategies To Handle Childhood Trauma:

Acknowledge and Acceptance:
Start the healing path by recognizing that there was childhood trauma. The first step in understanding its influence on current thoughts and behaviors is acceptance.

Therapeutic Intervention:
Consult a therapist or counselor who is trained in trauma-focused therapy. Therapeutic techniques like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or CBT are especially beneficial.

Educate Yourself:
Learn more about childhood trauma and how it can affect your life. Knowing the origin of your struggles can give you power in recovering.

Establish a Support System:
Talk to your friends and family whom you trust or support groups. The creation of a support network validates and motivates the individual during recovery.

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Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques:

Apply mindfulness techniques and grounding methods to be present in the moment. Approaches such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga can assist in the regulation of the nervous system.
Write a diary to put down thoughts and feelings associated with your childhood trauma. Writing is an effective way of expressing and releasing pent up emotions.

Develop self-compassion and awareness. Remember that healing is a journey and it’s alright to be kind with yourself.

Setting Boundaries:
Know how to set and keep good boundaries in relationships. Know when to refuse and take care of yourself.

Artistic Expression:
Express yourself through art, music or dance. These outlets can offer alternative means of communication and emotional processing.

Continued Growth and Learning:

Continuously strive for personal growth and self-awareness. Go to workshops, read books on trauma recovery and stay involved in the healing process.

The journey of healing unresolved childhood trauma is a heroic path to reclaiming life and health. Through deliberate actions to comprehend, absorb and recover from the effects of early challenging experiences people can develop resilience creating a new road for an enjoyable life. Do not forget that to ask for help and professional advice is a token of strength on this transforming path towards healing.