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Guest Blog-5 Habits to Help You Through Trauma Recovery

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If you’re healing from trauma, you might be struggling to stick with healthy routines for your mental and physical health. Choosing a few beneficial habits or lifestyle changes and gradually adapting them to your schedule can be a smart strategy. You can find lots of informative recovery resources from Know Your Why Recovery to help you along your journey. Furthermore, these suggestions can guide you as you recover from trauma and prioritize your healing.

Consider a Career Change 

Your career might be impeding your healing process. Think about your current job, and ask yourself some essential questions. Do you truly feel fulfilled at work? Do you get the opportunity to work on challenging yet satisfying projects? Does your job tend to leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Depending on your answers, it might be time to consider a career change.

Switching careers to something you’re more passionate about can benefit your mental health. If you have some knowledge of medical coding, you can apply for a number of medical coding online courses to learn essential skills, like assigning proper codes, identifying medical procedures, and processing service claims. Once you’ve completed the coursework, you’ll take an assessment to prove your skills. 

Keep Your Household Healthy 

Working through trauma is difficult for anyone, but it can be particularly hard for people with dependents who rely on them each and every day. It’s tougher to focus on your own healing when you’re also responsible for other people.

To make caring for your household easier during this rough time, you can turn to in-depth product reviews when shopping for your family to ensure that you’re spending your money wisely. Make sure to look for reviews from unbiased sources for the most honest recommendations. 

Work With an Online Therapist 

Perhaps you’ve seen a therapist before, but it was hard to keep up with your sessions when you had so much going on in your life. Working with a therapist who offers online sessions can be easier to fit into your schedule. To get the most out of virtual therapy, Psych Central recommends looking for a platform that suits your budget and specific needs, finding a private, quiet space in your home for sessions, and asking plenty of questions during sessions. 

Exercise for Your Mind and Body 

It can be hard to get into fitness when you’re healing from trauma. You might have lost interest in your favorite sports or active hobbies, or you might feel like you’re not strong enough for exercise. But exercise can be an essential part of your healing process, as it supports both your mental and physical health. Very Well Mind states that in addition to improving your cardiovascular health and mobility, exercise can also help people with PTSD alleviate their symptoms, cope with depression, and even sleep better at night. 

Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can be tricky for people who are healing from trauma – while living in the present moment can help you avoid rumination, you might worry that facing your emotions head-on in meditation could be re-traumatizing. You may want to work on mindfulness techniques in therapy, where you can process your emotions with the support of a professional. Journaling, meditation, and yoga can all be fantastic mindfulness practices to incorporate into your daily routines.

Healing from trauma does not happen overnight. It’s important to be patient with yourself throughout this process. Whether you’re interested in seeking professional development for a career change, outfitting your home with healthy products, or picking up an exercise routine, these tips can help you make all of these lifestyle changes and more.

Are you ready to commit to trauma recovery? Find the motivation you need through Know Your Why Recovery! Visit our website today for valuable recovery resources.

Dylan Foster, guest blogger 

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The Link Between Mental Health and Your Vision

Did you know that vision and mental health are linked? MyVision.org, an awareness website that aims to educate people of all ages with tips and recommendations on how best to take care of their eyesight, contacted Know Your Why and shared a helpful guide on mental health and vision. Not only do they explore the link between the two, they provide coping skills, tips, and resources should you be in need. You can find the guide HERE as well as on our resource page. Enjoy!

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Guest Blog-“A Long Road…”

Know Your Why Recovery welcomes author and Dadmented founder Craig Lucas. Craig has been generous enough to share his story of trauma, music, mental illness, fatherhood, and redemption. Read below for more.

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The 4 Ds for Cravings

Quitting smoking or vaping? Trying to stop alcohol or other drug use? Have you heard of the 4 Ds?

The 4 Ds for cravings are most widely used for management of nicotine/tobacco cravings, however, many have applied them successfully to manage cravings for all types of substance use. Below is some basic information about the 4 Ds and then our YouTube video discussing the 4 Ds in more detail. Enjoy and remember to subscribe to our channel for more content like this.

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Tips for Managing Stress

Everyone experiences stress. Stress can come from positive experiences and changes, as well as, negative experiences or changes. The existence of stress is not necessarily problematic, in fact, stress has many functions including helping you to avoid real threats, motivation, to help you focus, and improve performance. Experiencing high levels of stress over long periods of time is what is dangerous to our mental and physical well being. You can read more about the purpose and effects of stress from WebMD here.

Keeping that in mind, it makes sense for us to manage our stress levels to ensure our physical and mental well being. The following are some tips you can utilize to help manage stress:

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Finding Mindfulness

According to Merriam Webster, mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. Practicing mindfulness can help use ease stress of our hectic lives day to day, improve memory, increase awareness, lower anxiety, lower reactivity, and help use manage physical sensations like pain amongst other wellness benefits. Read below for some ideas on practicing mindfulness.

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Relapse Prevention Thoughts Cheatsheet (and it is free too!)

Read below for some information on relapse prevention and a free Relapse Prevention Thoughts Cheatsheet based on the video above!

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Asking for Help

Read below for some information and thoughts on asking for help. Originally this entry was going to be the last in our previously posted series about anger, however, we felt this topic should be featured on its own.

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Box Breathing/Square Breathing

Read below for some more information on a brief and easy to learn breathing technique you may find helpful in stressful situations

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