In the flow of life we often forget to stop and take a breath. This mistake can have negative impacts on our physical and emotional well-being, especially during and/or after experiencing trauma. You see countless articles on social media stating that you must take personal time, but why? We are going to go over a couple of reasons WHY “me time” matters.
It can help you cope
Trauma, such as, relationship violence and sexual assault can wear us down. We start to think that we aren’t worthy of love/care. “It helps to remember that self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent; it’s simply one tool you can turn to when coping with an abusive relationship. At first, doing self-care might not feel “normal” to you, and that’s okay. Start by making small, gradual changes and focus on being gentle with yourself.”
You can find healing
“According to trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of “The Body Keeps the Score,” trauma lives in our bodies as well as our minds. It’s important that we find at least one form of physical outlet for the intense emotions of grief, rage, and hurt we’re bound to feel in the aftermath of abuse and trauma, in order to combat the paralysis that accompanies trauma, leaving us feeling numb and frozen.”
Also, healing your physical body can often help heal your mind. Try to make sure your basic needs are met, such as, sleep and nourishment.
Because you are worth it
It can be challenging to understand after experiencing abuse, but “the truth is that everyone deserves to be cared for, and we all have the power to be our own caregivers. That’s what self-care is all about; taking care of yourself in ways that feel best to you, focus on your own health and well-being, and bring you comfort”
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Sources: The Hotline. (August 2014). The Importance of Self-Care. Retrieved from: http://www.thehotline.org/2014/08/the-importance-of-self-care/