Emotional healing can be rest, it can be careful reflection. It can be self-care, confrontation, silence, therapy, exercise and many other things. It’s as individual as we are. There’s no right way to do it, no set timeframe, it’s not even linear. How we piece ourselves back together looks and feels different for everyone — but healing is a quiet teacher that will show us the way forward.
Those who are around someone who is healing, if you can, be patient with them. They may be short-tempered, emotional, distant or withdrawn. They can be clingy, insecure, rowdy or forthright — they will express their pain in a number of different ways. Celebrate their progress, remind them of how far they’ve come and respect the space they’ve created in order to soothe the parts of them that need the greatest of care.
Be kind to yourself and others, always.
Emotional & Psychological Trauma – Help Guide
NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice
CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support