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The behaviors and emotions we display often reflect our upbringing and the environment we grew so used to. The traumas experienced in childhood are often the leading contributors to anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders faced worldwide. Recovering from family trauma can seem like an unending uphill battle, but there are many individuals who have been able to come out healthier on the other side. 

“How Can I Begin Healing From Family Trauma?”

If you’re asking how to begin healing from family trauma, you should first congratulate yourself for being able to recognize your trauma for what it truly is. Many trauma victims grow up and wonder, “Was this experience actually traumatic or am I being dramatic?” Realizing that it was, in fact, trauma is the first step to recovering from it. As you continue to sift through your emotions and responses to situations, train your brain to become aware of when you are experiencing symptoms that came as a result of your trauma.

Trauma has a way of making you feel helpless. After all, you can’t change what happened to you when you were young. However, as you continue to grow older, recognize that you are no longer in that environment and you now have the ability to regain control. You are no longer controlled by your past experiences, even though they may be to blame for your mental health struggles. Attending counseling or having a strong mentor can help you in this healing process. Family trauma has a way of sticking with individuals, especially since the victims feel so connected to the instigators. Don’t rush yourself in this process, but have patience with yourself as you learn how to regain control. 

As you strive to become more mentally healthy, you’ll also want to focus on your physical health. Although having an exercise routine and a healthy diet will not erase your family trauma, they are important aspects of gaining more control over your mental health and becoming a healthier version of yourself. Establishing these good habits can also help replace some of the bad habits you formed as a result of your trauma. 

Although all of these aspects are meant to help you recover from family trauma, you must also recognize that every individual operates differently. Don’t try to make a timeline for yourself or judge yourself based on how quickly others might seem to be recovering. Your journey is entirely unique and you must honor and congratulate yourself throughout the healing process.