Here are some tips I’ve lived by that can benefit the healing journey of those who have been through trauma and abuse.
In order to reprogram our subconscious mind, which has undoubtedly been affected by the abusive words and actions we’ve undergone, we have to literally reprogram our brain and minimize the negative, destructive automatic thoughts that may arise in our day-to-day life.
For example, if you have an insecurity about your appearance that your abuser has attempted to instill in you, a positive affirmation can gently interrupt the pattern of ruminating over such harsh comments by replacing the toxic thought with a loving one.
A self-sabotaging thought about your appearance suddenly becomes, “I am beautiful, inside and out” whenever the harmful thought or emotion associated with the thought comes up.
Being a trauma survivor is a challenging journey, but it is also an empowering one.
Trauma acts as the catalyst for us to learn how to better engage in self-care and introduces us to endless modalities for healing and expressing ourselves, enabling us to channel our crisis into our transformation.
One of the most effective techniques in engaging in these positive affirmations, aside from saying them aloud, is a technique from my larger method of “reverse discourse” which I discuss in my first book, “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Self-Care.” Record all of your positive affirmations on a tape recorder or a voice recording application and listen to them daily.