Healing trauma involves reclaiming a sense of choice about how, when, and where you feel your emotions. For example, you do not want to process traumatic memories in the grocery store or when you are parenting your children. You want to have safe and predictable places and ways to feel and process through difficult life events.
This post is Part II in a series of blogs offering resources for trauma recovery aimed to strengthen your resilience. Part I focuses on your ability to reclaim a sense of safety. This post guides you through the resource of containment, a key skill for managing emotional overwhelm.
“Reclaiming a healthy relationship to our emotions entails reflecting upon the earliest education we’ve had about feelings; the messages we received in childhood. When a parent soothes our anxieties or helps us grieve losses we literally surrender into the feeling of being contained. The messages we received as children shape our experiences and become our inner voices into adulthood. You can learn how to hold your emotions in a loving way, to repair the wounds of the past.”
-Dr. Arielle Schwartz