Journaling is a doorway inward.
Focused journaling/writing is one of my primary practices in my healing journey. Of course the occasional unfettered dump into my diary is necessary, but when I began to combine my love of writing with the focused intention of personal exploration and processing, I found a powerful tool.
I hope these prompts help you lean in and explore your thoughts, emotions, responses, and your connection to your body.
Be sure to check in with yourself as you write and step away if you need a break. Wishing you strength as you heal, and happy writing.
On goes the journey
Identifying goals that we have in our life can be a challenging task for a trauma survivor. Many of us have lived our lives adjusting ourselves to others as a means of staying safe. In doing so we have pushed ourselves down to the bottom of our own priority list making it difficult to recognize what we want for ourselves or that we even deserve to have it.
Let’s explore your thoughts and emotions around goal setting and see if you can find your way to setting some goals that help you continue to strive for healing and personal empowerment as you journey.
- What, if anything, scares you about setting goals in your life?
- How do you feel about setting a goal and then deciding to let it go if it no longer fits your life?
- Make a list of 3 reasons why it would be beneficial for you to set and achieve personal goals.
- What is something that you really want to do or try to learn that you have been avoiding, and why?
- What is stopping you from doing the things that you genuinely want to do in your life? Be honest and lean in.
- Reflect on what you have written: set one short term goal that will allow you to move one step closer to doing what you genuinely want to do.
Download this free simple goal setting worksheet to help you write out your goal in easy steps that will help you keep yourself on track.
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Looking for ways to connect with other survivors and/or receive support as you heal?
Survivor’s Circle Peer Support Groups might be just what you need.
These small groups meet on alternating days of the week via Zoom. In these groups, survivors connect, share, and support each other through the ebbs and flows of healing. Attend a session and experience the magical healing that happens when survivors connect and support each other through shit only we can understand.
Hi, I am Shanon
I am a trauma informed, trained, and Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Wisconsin. I am also a survivor with years committed to my own trauma healing after being diagnosed with (C) PTSD due to childhood abuse. Additionally, I have a professional and personal history of community facilitation and peer work.
I specialize in helping survivors like you make connections between real time experiences and past trauma wounds, identify and communicate boundaries, create self-care plans that work, navigate big emotions and trauma responses, reparent your inner child, and embody your own self-worth through the healing process with confidence and personal empowerment.
These support groups and 1:1 peer support sessions should not replace professional therapy; they will however provide additional support and information.