Changing Your Healing Story

Recovery Tip of the Week: Change your healing story.

How have you interpreted the facts of your trauma? Healing stories are one way we learn to move forward, but are your stories negative or positive? 

In the wake of trauma we have to make meaning. We have to understand, frame and put in perspective what we have survived. This process is how we reorganize our perceptions of the world and move forward. But there’s a hitch: the healing stories you develop can hurt you or help you depending on the story itself. It’s up to you to take a look at the interpretations and beliefs you develop as a result of your trauma and decide: is this a good story or a bad one?

Best case scenario, a healing story will give you a way to view your experience that leads you forward to empowered, proactive living. When you become aware of the interpretations you’ve given events, ask youself: “Does this make me feel good about who I am?”

If the answer is, yes, then move forward and follow that thought process! If the answer is, no, it’s time to go reassess your perspective; it’s time to ask yourself: “What’s another way to look at this?”

You don’t decide whether or not to experience trauma. However, you do decide what you think, believe and experience afterward.


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