Do You Have Community?
Research shows that connection to community has been identified as a protective factor in the experience of trauma and helps to ameliorate symptoms of (C)PTSD. We hear a lot about tools and therapy and all kinds of healing modalities but we seem to repeatedly underestimate the power of connection. Deep healing and connection can be found outside of the therapy room – this seems almost controversial to say…but it’s true!
I know that community and connection was instrumental in my healing. Knowing there were other people out the who had gone through similar experiences made me feel shockingly less alone. Less crazy. Less confused. Less afraid. After plenty of one on one time with my therapist, I was ready to be myself fully and to embrace my story of recovery with other women.
We know our health generally improves when we feel like part of a community and declines when we feel isolated – so we do we try to go it alone?
The thing is, trauma heals in relationships—healthy relationships. Relationships where you are seen, heard, validated, and respected. Ones where boundaries are upheld.
Your community is out there and they are waiting to love you, see you, accept you, and hear you. You owe it to yourself to take the first step. You deserve it. Please don’t ever give up.