Health, healing, and happiness, currently a global trend, is a personal commitment to yourself and your community. No matter you’re your age, we could all benefit. Healing is necessary for positive relationships. With our collective history of family separation, enslavement, and disenfranchisement, we are at risk. Whether we know it or not, many of us need to heal from trauma first before we make a long-term, loving commitment to another.
Trauma is a response to a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. By the time we become adults, many of us have experienced multiple traumatic events. When an outside threat is too much to manage, it can affect many areas of our lives.
Trauma is unique to each individual. The type of psychological distress and unhealthy coping behavior can vary. Trauma can be caused by several things happening in our lives related to: family, finances, health, relationships, natural disasters, and other activities, especially those that we feel we can’t control.
Youth are particularly vulnerable to trauma. Adolescence is a time of significant physical and psychological changes, and changing dynamics in family and peer relationships. These changes can have major effects. Trauma can affect physical heath. For example, unresolved trauma as a child can make you sick as an adult.
We can improve our lives by healing. Healing helps you to release the trauma and move on in a positive way. Five easy ways to incorporate healing:
- Spend more time with people who make you feel optimistic
- Use the ocean to cleanse and restore yourself
- Seek help in a supportive environment
- Choose natural foods that nourish both your spirit and your body
- Move your body through dance, exercise, and walking