5 Signs You Are Healing from Trauma
Healing from trauma is not a linear process but a journey full of twists and turns. It can be challenging to recognize your progress, especially when the road is bumpy – no objective end in sight. But just because there aren’t any definitive mile markers or final destinations doesn’t mean there aren’t turning points worth acknowledging.
In this blog, we will explore five signs that you are healing from trauma to help you recognize the profound ways that healing can show up.
- You Feel More Comfortable Processing Your Feelings
People who have experienced trauma often have difficulty identifying and expressing their feelings. They may feel numb, disconnected, or overwhelmed by their emotions.
However, as you progress through the healing process, you may find that you are becoming more comfortable with processing your feelings. You may find that you are more willing to sit with your emotions, explore them, and work through them healthily and productively.
- You’re Better at Recognizing Triggers as Triggers
Triggers are events or situations that can cause a strong emotional reaction in someone who has experienced trauma. When triggered, it can feel like your emotions are out of control, and you may struggle to understand why you are feeling a certain way.
As you heal, you may find that you are better at recognizing triggers as triggers. Instead of reacting to the present situation, you may be able to identify that your emotional reaction is coming from something deeper. And instead of letting them control you, you might find that you have more power over your triggers than you thought.
- You’re More Comfortable Asking for Help from Others
Asking for help can be difficult, especially for those who’ve experienced trauma or been taught to do it alone. It can feel like a sign of weakness or vulnerability. However, as you heal, you may find that you are more comfortable asking for help from others. You may recognize that seeking support is a sign of strength and can help you move forward in your healing journey.
- You Have More Self-Compassion and Less Self-Doubt
Trauma survivors often experience a persistent struggle with self-doubt and negative self-talk. They may frequently question their judgment or second-guess their actions, wondering whether the trauma was their fault, if it was all in their head, or if they should have done something differently.
As the healing process continues, survivors will gradually hear fewer dismissive statements and discouraging self-talk, eventually replacing those messages with affirmations of their resilience and strength. With each step forward, survivors can learn to trust and believe in themselves again.
- You No Longer Depend on Self-Soothing Behaviors
Trauma survivors often use self-soothing behaviors as coping mechanisms to manage their overwhelming emotions. However, these behaviors can keep you stuck in a cycle of pain over time. Behaviors such as substance use, overeating, or self-harm can become problematic, leading to addiction, dependency, or other negative consequences.
As survivors heal, they may find they no longer need these self-soothing behaviors to manage their emotions and can turn to healthier coping mechanisms. However, it’s important to note that many survivors may be unable to decrease their use of these behaviors on their own without professional support, which is perfectly okay.
Don’t Give Up on Healing…We’re Here to Help!
At New U Therapy Center, we understand how challenging it can be to heal from trauma. Our experienced mental health professionals provide a supportive and safe space for you to explore your emotions, develop new coping skills, and find the strength and resilience to heal. We’re here to walk alongside you on your journey and help you see the beauty and depth of the healing process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you on your road through trauma recovery.