How to Overcome Childhood Traumas
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional,” is a Buddhist proverb. Everyone has had pain in their childhood. The pain can be as diminutive as finding out that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are a sham, or it can be as immense as being abandoned and abused by someone. Trauma can leave mental, physical, and emotional scars that last a life time. As you transition from childhood to adulthood, letting your past skeletons haunt you will hold back and keep you in self pity. Adults suffering from childhood traumas tend to self destruct themselves, but here are a few stages you can utilize to help overcome your childhood traumas to lead a healthy and happy life.
First of all, you must gain self-awareness. Self-awareness allows you to understand yourself and re-evaluate your life. Before you reached this point, you were lost walking blindly with a “woe is me” attitude down a pothole infested road intertwined with cracks. You’re not the person that you want to be and your life is not going in the direction you want it to. Due to the trauma you’ve endured, you wear a mask that hides your true self. During your journey to find self-awareness, make a list of the major negative events, people, and influences that steer you down the wrong path. When making the negative list, start with the childhood event that was traumatic. That event is the beginning of the destructive snowball effect of the other events. With this list, you should consider cutting the negative people and activities you’re involved with out your life, or start limiting the contact you have with them. Next, make a positive list of healthy goals, places you want to go, and things you want achieve. A few examples of healthy goals include attending college, playing sports, and traveling. Put down things that are positive and will keep you out of trouble. Then implement what you put down in your life. For instance, if you want to go to college enroll in a community college...
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