Whatever stage of healing you are at, it is always important for you to take care of yourself. There are various ways of doing this and which ever ones work for you are the right ones. The following are just a few suggestions that you may like to try.
Keeping a Journal
Many survivors find that a journal is a good place to record any feelings they may be having about what happened. Journals can provide you with a very safe space to record any anger, frustration, fear, loneliness, triggers, guilt, or doubt you may be experiencing. It can also be a good place to discuss any issues you wish to bring up with your therapist before you see them.
Can you sing, dance, act, write, draw or play an instrument? The arts can provide a wonderful outlet for your emotions and are also a brilliant way to reach out to others.
General Well Being
It is also important that you look after yourself. You are precious and deserve the best care possible. You have been through a terrible ordeal and need to take extra special care of yourself. Remember to eat and sleep! Dealing with trauma is exhausting; you need all the energy you have!
Do you have a favorite film? A CD you have wanted for ages? A particular thing that you love? Get it! You deserve it!
Getting a massage, running a bubble bath, eating ice cream! However you relax, make sure you make time for it, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.
Connect With Others
Contact a friend, even if it is just for a chat. Contact with those who care about you will lift your spirit.
Get In Your Body
Exercise can be a great way of connecting with your body again. Go for a run or a walk, join a dance or aerobic class, or go for a cycle ride. Body movement is also known as a natural anti-depressant and if you join a class it is a great way to get to know people.
Get involved with a local activist group of people who have experienced violence and/or trauma. Campaigning to make things better for survivors in the legal and health systems is a great way of channeling your anger.