Emotional healing doesn’t merely involve rest and/or thoughtful reflection. While it can sometimes look like self-care and self-love (or other nurturing activities); how we piece ourselves back together may equally involve things like confrontation, anger or silence before we can find a way forward.
For those around someone who is in the process of healing; be patient with them. They may be short-tempered, emotional, distant or withdrawn; even clingy, insecure, brash or uninhibited. How they reveal their pain to the outside world can be expressed in any number of ways. Showing them love means respecting the space they’ve created to soothe the parts of them that need the greatest care; one of the most meaningful things we can do is to encourage them to focus on how far they’ve come.
And to those of you traversing your own struggles: there is so much good waiting for you. Provide yourself with rest and recuperation that allows time to recover. There’s no uniform way that any of this is meant to go — but it will improve, you will find your way.
Stay kind to yourself and those around you; always.
How is your emotional healing journey progressing? What emotionally healthful things are you doing to take care of yourself?
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
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