Dealing with childhood trauma can be challenging. Many spend years trying to repress or forget. However, the impact is felt throughout many areas of life. As a result, expereincing injury can affect some persons ability to grow (self-development). It can also limit education and earning potential.
Survivors struggle with feelings of confusion, guilt and shame. Some employ various coping mechanisms as a means of survival,
Here are some strategies that you could begin to use that can help you to develop a healthy self-image and restore self-worth.
Embrace who you are, just as you are. Your ability to embrace all of your stories without apology can help to strengthen confidence and enhance your ability to tackle life’s difficulties easier. Self-acceptance is a key component of healing. It gives you control over how the rest of the story unfolds and gives you power over how it ends.
Having safe boundaries is an essential element of healing. Part of this process is being able to identify and articulate your needs. For example, what are your needs around safety? What do you need to feel safe? Are you ready to share this with the people close to you? An essential step in implementing boundaries is recognising it and owning your need and right to have it.
Recognise and acknowledge wins and growth regardless of how small
You may not be able to cannot change the past, but you have the power to change how the past affects you.