Trauma is a word that many people use to describe a bad experience or situation. It is often defined as an overwhelming amount of stress, fear, or pain. Trauma, however, is a lot more complex than that. It is caused or created by overwhelming experiences or feelings. 

But in trauma recovery circles, trauma is also considered when there has been family violence. Trauma often occurs as a result of a repeated negative experience that overwhelms the individual to the point that they no longer have the capacity for their own survival. Trauma is then triggered when the individual feels the negative emotions and thoughts of their trauma.

Many families struggle with issues related to surviving and recovering from traumatic experiences. Over time, exposure to traumatic events can result in reactions like anxiety, depression, and anger. These reactions can prevent families from communicating and interacting freely, which in turn can lead to a variety of problems.

We have all experienced trauma, whether from words or actions. After trauma, some people feel relief, and they are able to move on. However, others find that the trauma triggers them again. No matter how much time has passed, the trauma is still there and needs to be addressed.

As a child, you probably grew up with experiences that were carried with you into adulthood, from experiencing baby-sitter neglect to witnessing acts of domestic violence. As an adult, it’s important not to carry all those painful feelings into your future relationships, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. 

Whether you’ve recently experienced trauma or have been carrying resentment, it’s important to heal from your past first. Forgiving and forgetting may be easier said than done, but it’s essential for the long-term health of your relationship.

The upsetting truth is that most people who have experienced significant family trauma go on to develop some form of depression, anxiety, or some other mental health problem. In addition, most people who grew up in this type of environment also struggle with a substance abuse problem.

Anyone who’s ever been through family trauma will attest that forgiveness is easier said than done. While forgiveness and compassion are virtues worth cultivating, it’s also important not to ignore past traumas. 

In these moments, keeping your emotions bottled up helps no one—including you. Appreciating how the past traumas have shaped you is important, but if those traumas continue to affect you in the present, it’s important to address them. Therapy and support groups can help you learn how to forgive and forget past traumas.

Forgiveness is a process that involves both the mind and body. The mind needs to be in a great place prior to the process; in other words, you need a positive attitude, great self-esteem, and self-confidence. Once your mind is in the right place, it’s time to work on your heart. 

Heart issues can get in the way of forgiveness, so forgiveness requires dealing with your issues. But the first step is to forgive yourself. Then, forgive the people that have harmed you. Forgiving a person does not mean that you condone what they did. It just means that you are releasing them from the burden of guilt.

By forgiving others, you release yourself from the grip of anger, resentment, and bitterness. Guilt and shame are emotions that are often linked to trauma. Although these feelings may seem inescapable, you can work on forgiving and forgetting past traumas.

Forgiveness is a reactive emotion. It is the opposite of hate. It is the act of choosing to set aside the anger, resentment, and feelings of vengeance and focus on the well-being of the person you’re forgiving. Forgiveness does not condone or justify what happened. It does not excuse or mitigate the behavior of the person who wronged you. It just means you no longer carry that anger and resentment with them.

It is one of the most important things we can do, yet it’s one of the hardest. We sometimes have to learn to forgive ourselves first or others before we can fully forgive the past. After all, forgiving the past doesn’t mean you forget what happened, just that it doesn’t control you anymore.

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