Childhood experiences shape our lives in many ways, and wounds from past trauma, especially childhood trauma, impacts us well into adulthood. It affects what choices we make, what relationships we get ourselves into, what jobs we choose, how we parent, the list goes on. Fortunately, healing these wounds is possible with the right tools and support. Here are some steps you can take to start the healing process:
- Recognize your pain: It's essential to acknowledge that you've been hurt and understand how that hurt has affected you. This is an important first step in healing your childhood wounds.
- Process this pain: Dig deep to really critically think about the pain, bringing it into awareness and assuring yourself it is ok. You are ok and will be ok.
- Practice self-care: Caring for yourself is essential when healing from childhood wounds. Take time to do things that bring you joy, whether that's exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones.
- Prioritize your health & wellbeing: Make sure you feed your body with whole foods and nutrients. That you get exercise, mostly outdoors and in nature, and journal to release unmanaged thoughts.
- Challenge negative thoughts: Negative thoughts and beliefs can be deeply ingrained from childhood experiences. Challenge these thoughts by looking for evidence to the contrary or finding a positive spin on a negative situation.
- Practice forgiveness: Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting or excusing harmful behavior. It means releasing the negative emotions attached to those experiences and moving forward with compassion for yourself and others.
- Seek support and guidance: Healing from childhood wounds can be a challenging and emotional process. Consider seeking the guidance of a coach or guided course to help you work through difficult emotions and provide you with additional tools to facilitate healing.
Healing from childhood wounds is a journey, and everyone's path is unique. And even so, we are all on the same path towards healing. It's possible for us all, because even as adults we all still have our inner child.
With patience, self-compassion, and the right support, it's possible to heal and move forward in life with a renewed sense of wholeness and peace. A healed soul. I encourage you to explore my Healing from Emotional Trauma course to learn how to go deeper and become the best version of yourself you can possibly be. Get started right here. If you're a parent, I recommend enrolling in Higher Purpose Parenting to heal your trauma that may be affecting your role as a parent.