Acknowledge Past Experiences
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
Part of nurturing a supportive relationship with yourself is honoring your past experiences – even those you might not want to connect to emotionally. Trauma is one aspect of emotional health that can greatly impact the relationship you have with yourself, and many of the “parts” you don’t want to connect with can, in fact, stem from a need for self-protection based on past trauma.
Trauma is something that everyone experiences to some extent, whether it’s stress from childhood(this link opens in a new window/tab) , substance abuse within your family(this link opens in a new window/tab) , or a series of repeated stressors at work(this link opens in a new window/tab) . Simply put, if you’ve experienced trauma, you are not alone. Trauma can be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual – or a combination of them. It’s multidimensional. Common among all traumatic events, however, is that they often bring up difficult emotions that are challenging to process.
Internal Family Systems
IFS works toward helping these parts exist in greater harmony. These parts can be the result of trauma or life experiences, and they all have their own perspectives, memories, and interests. They also serve protective functions. You pick up and push away different parts based on life experiences, and these parts interact with one another. Honoring and understanding all parts of yourself is the path to true healing.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can further your studies and/or reach out to someone who specializes in this. Trauma goes beyond the scope of a Health Coach, and it’s important to get support from a therapist or other qualified healthcare professional.
Repair Your Relationship with Yourself
Visiting teacher Lissa Rankin, MD, encourages you to look within to repair your relationship with yourself.
Explore Internal Family Systems
In her Repair Your Relationship with Yourself lecture, Lissa Rankin, MD, teaches about the many parts that each person may have inside them.
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