Traumatic events can be hard on the body, but even more so on the mind. Sidestepping your trauma might be a way to avoid the pain, but it could cost you your health in the long run.

Repressing traumatic events can be a short-term solution the brain uses to protect you, but in the long-term, it could keep you from recovering. Talking about your trauma could be a step in the right direction to understanding your pain.

Sharing the burden

Airing what you’re holding back about your trauma can be extremely difficult, but it’s not without benefits:

  • Sorting memories: Memories from traumatic events are often disjointed. Talking about what you remember can bring what does exist to the surface. This can help you organize and orient things to make sense of the timeline.
  • Understanding feelings: Once you have a better grasp of what you experienced, you might be able to understand why it affects you the way it does. This could also take some of the sting away as you become more familiar with addressing these thoughts.
  • Lifting undue shame: Hiding your story from the world can lead to enhanced feelings of shame or guilt. Your brain can even distort memories as you harbor them, finding ways to place even more blame on yourself. Sharing your story and better understanding the events can help show you the trauma was not because of a flaw of yours, but rather because of the situation in which you found yourself.

There are people you can talk to for support, and they could be the first step you take toward addressing negative feelings that have arisen from the trauma you experienced. Start working on your long-term health by focusing on what you’re holding on the inside.