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How to Heal and Thrive After Being Traumatised

How to Heal and Thrive After Being Traumatized


Trauma is a profound and often life-altering experience that can leave lasting scars on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Whether it stems from a single event or prolonged exposure to distressing circumstances, the effects of trauma can be deeply debilitating. However, with the proper support and strategies, it is possible to heal and thrive in the aftermath. 

In this comprehensive guide, MIHH explains the journey toward recovery, offering insights, tips, and techniques to help you maneuver healing.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to a distressing or disturbing event or series of events that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. It includes a wide range of experiences, from natural disasters and accidents to physical or emotional abuse, neglect, or loss.

Importance of Healing and Thriving Post-Trauma

Healing from trauma is crucial for reclaiming one’s life and moving forward with resilience and strength. Thriving after trauma goes beyond mere survival; it involves finding meaning, growth, and purpose in the aftermath of adversity.

Understanding Trauma

Types of trauma

Trauma can manifest in different forms, including acute trauma resulting from a single distressing event, chronic trauma stemming from prolonged exposure to stressors, and complex trauma arising from multiple traumatic experiences over time.

Common causes and sources of trauma

A wide range of events, such as accidents, natural disasters, violence, abuse, loss, or significant life changes, can trigger trauma. These experiences can profoundly affect an individual’s sense of safety, trust, and well-being.

Impact of trauma on mental, emotional, and physical well-being:

Trauma can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning, leading to a range of psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse. It can also manifest in physical symptoms like insomnia, headaches, and chronic pain, as well as affect interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life.

10 Strategies That Can Help To Thrive After Trauma

Thriving after trauma is a journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and a willingness to explore various strategies that work best for you. 

Here are ten strategies that can help you on your path to healing and thriving:

Seek Professional Help

Consider therapy or counselling with a trained mental health professional such as MIHH, who specialises in trauma. They can provide support, guidance, and evidence-based techniques to help you process and cope with your experiences.

Build a Support System

Surround yourself with understanding and supportive friends, family members, or support groups. Having a strong support system can provide comfort and validation during difficult times.

Practice Self-Care

Engage in activities that promote your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This can include exercise, meditation, journaling, hobbies, or spending time in nature.

Set Boundaries

Learn to recognise and assert your boundaries in relationships and situations that may trigger or exacerbate your trauma symptoms. Boundaries can help protect your emotional and mental health.

Educate Yourself

Take the time to learn about trauma, its effects on the mind and body, and common coping strategies. Understanding your experiences can empower you to make informed decisions about your healing journey.

Express Yourself

Find healthy outlets for expressing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This could involve creative activities such as writing, art, music, or dance.

Practice Mindfulness

Cultivate mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation. Mindfulness can help you stay grounded in the present moment and reduce anxiety.

Challenge Negative Thoughts

Notice and challenge negative or distorted thoughts related to your trauma. Replace them with more balanced and realistic perspectives.

Engage in Meaningful Activities

Identify activities or pursuits that bring you joy, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose. Engaging in meaningful activities can foster resilience and help you rebuild your life after trauma.

Celebrate Progress

Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Recognise your resilience and strength as you continue to heal and grow.

Different Types of Therapy and Treatment Options

There are various types of therapy and treatment options available to address a wide range of mental health concerns. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • CBT is a widely used therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to emotional distress.
  • It helps individuals develop coping skills, problem-solving techniques, and strategies to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions.
  • CBT is typically short-term and goal-oriented, with a focus on present-day issues and practical solutions.

Mindfulness-Based Therapies

  • Mindfulness-based therapies, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), incorporate mindfulness practices into the therapeutic process.
  • These therapies emphasise present-moment awareness, acceptance, and non-judgmental observation of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations.
  • Mindfulness-based therapies have been found effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression and improving overall well-being.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • EMDR is a specialised form of therapy primarily used to treat PTSD and trauma-related symptoms.
  • It involves bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements, tapping, or auditory tones) while the individual recalls distressing memories or experiences.
  • EMDR aims to facilitate the processing and integration of traumatic memories, reducing their emotional charge and associated symptoms.

Family Therapy

  • Family therapy involves working with families and couples to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen relationships.
  • It recognises the interconnectedness of family dynamics and how individual problems can affect the entire family system.
  • Family therapy is beneficial for addressing issues such as parent-child conflicts, marital discord, substance abuse, and mental health disorders within the family context.


These are just a few examples of therapy and treatment options available. It’s essential to work with a qualified mental health professional to determine the most appropriate approach based on your specific needs and circumstances.


Remember that healing from trauma is a journey, and it’s okay to take it one step at a time. Be patient and compassionate with yourself as you go through the ups and downs of recovery. You are stronger and more resilient than you realise, and with the right support and strategies, you can overcome the effects of trauma and thrive in the face of adversity. 

Let Make It Happen Hypnotherapy (MIHH) be your guide on the path to healing and transformation. 

Together, we can make it happen.

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