2020 is finally over, and 2021 is already off to a crazy start, but with a new year comes a new opportunity to focus on healing and overcoming your trauma. Although it’s already mid-January, it’s not too late to come up with a resolution for this year! A good New Year’s Resolution is a small change you can make in your life that will have a significant impact. When thinking about what you want your resolution to be, make sure to create one that you know you can accomplish so that you don’t set yourself up for failure.
If you are still thinking about what you want your focus to be for this year, make healing from trauma your priority. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for healing from trauma that you can use for 2021:
1. Commit to being kind to yourself
You deserve kindness, patience, and sympathy. The trauma you experienced was real, and the coping mechanisms you used were developed out of a necessity to protect yourself. If practicing self-kindness needs to be a part of your healing journey, then make a commitment to focus on it this year.
2. Practice gratitude every day
Studies show that the effects of gratitude improve with regular practice. While practicing gratitude may not immediately provide relief for your trauma symptoms, over time, gratitude can help with the healing process.
3. Remember to ground yourself
Grounding is a coping strategy you can use when you experience trauma symptoms. When you feel a flashback, intrusive thought, or trauma reminder coming on, grounding can help you to remain in the present moment. Remember to ground yourself this year, whenever you are feeling overwhelmed.
4. Create a consistent sleep schedule
Traumatic stress can lead to a variety of sleep disorders and problems. Hyperarousal, anxiety, depression, substance use, nightmares, and flashbacks can add to difficulty sleeping. With an irregular sleep schedule, these trauma symptoms are more likely to impact the quality of your sleep. Creating and sticking to a sleep schedule as often as you can is a reasonable resolution to create for yourself, and will help you to manage your trauma symptoms.
5. Keep a record of your progress
We’re prioritizing healing from our trauma and focusing on our mental health this year. One of the best ways you can start your recovery journey is to keep a record of your symptoms and progress. Try tracking your trauma symptoms in the Mira app for free through the end of January!
2021 is a new year, and with change comes the opportunity to reflect and learn from 2020. It was an incredibly difficult year that none of us could have possibly been prepared for. 2021 can be better than 2020 if you start by making small changes to your life.