Updated: May 10, 2022
Life can be incredibly hard. We may feel stuck after a traumatic event or even take the instinctive path of pushing our trauma deep down and pretend it never happened. Trauma challenges our views about ourselves, such as how we feel, if we are valued, or if we have power. We question our worth and what we deserve. Yet it also invades every other part of our lives. It molds our reactions to situations with people, influences our ability to let go and be free, and it shatters the trust we have in ourselves and those around us. Surviving betrayal or abuse at the hands of someone we love may not only be isolating, but we may also feel that those around us might not understand or judge us. Sadly, one in three women experience some form of trauma and abuse. Asking for help is never easy, but it may be encouraging to know that you are not alone; there have been many women just like you who have stood in your shoes.
Healing for Trauma
The healing process can be scary, lonely, and downright unpleasant. It takes an incredible amount of courage to open up and reach out for the support and encouragement you so desperately desire. Connecting with people who have lived through a similar process, who have made it to the other side, will help to encourage you and build you up even more. There is no shame in asking for that help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or failure. It is a sign of strength. It is our biggest resource and a valuable tool for the journey of healing. When we allow other people to share in carrying our burdens, the weight we carry eases, and we can do so much more then we once thought we were capable of.
Community is Key
Surrounding ourselves with healthy people who understand our struggle is vital to the healing and recovery process. It provides a safe space to rebuild trust in most importantly, ourselves, and those around us. We are empowered by a compassionate community of people who can relate and share their own experiences. By joining a support circle, you can actively stand against the isolation, guilt, and shame that surrounds abuse and trauma. Trust me, the women who get it, get it. Shared experiences of pain also means a shared wisdom, sound advice, and people who are going to stand by you and believe in you. The support of a community who can hear and validate your experiences will enable you to rebuild your foundation and embark the road to recovery.
You are NOT Alone
You are not alone. You deserve to heal. What happened to you matters and we see you. You are so much more than the circumstances that were beyond your control. We are here to help. There are many people, just like you, who have gone through similar experiences, battled the same feelings of isolation, and survived terrible trauma. While you may feel lonely, you are not alone. You are seen. You are loved. You have a whole village waiting to embrace you.