Sometimes we can identify our emotions through how our body feels. When some of us have trauma reactions, our energy gets turned up or down. Pay attention to your body’s signals. For example, is your breathing increasing or decreasing? Are you feeling like your body is getting ready to run a race or rest?
Naming our emotions can help us start to put into words to very difficult experiences. If you are unsure of what you feel, it might be useful to look at a feelings wheel.
It may also be helpful to journal about your emotions. It’s ok to feel many emotions about a traumatic event.
Please visit Healing from Trauma for more resources and tips for healing from trauma.
Remember you are not alone, and please always seek help if you need it.
- In crisis? It’s okay to reach out for help. Text the word “NATIVE” to 741-741 and you’ll be connected with a trained crisis counselor. From stress or anxiety to trauma or grief – they’re trained to listen. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7.
- Take a look at these self-care resources from love is respect: https://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/self-care/
- Try these grounding techniques for anxiety: https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding-techniques
- We all can get down and feel like no one understands what we’re going through. One of the great things about being Native, is that we are all connected and can have each other’s back. Text “CARING’’ to 65664 to receive regular reminders about how awesome you are from people who care!