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Human Trafficking Survivor Self-Care

10 Tips for Healing and Wellness

Human trafficking survivor self-care is the use of wellness techniques.  Consequently , survivors feel their personal best.  

This article highlights 10 tips for healing and wellness.  As a result, those with physical, mental, and emotional trauma and injuries can see positive health benefits.

Physical Self-Care 

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  • Physical Fitness – Exercise promotes good health.  For example running, walking, bicycling, hiking, yoga, and weight lifting are just a few of the activities that help to strengthen the body. 
  • Wellness Checkups –  While being trafficked, many survivors do not have regular office visits.  They are forced to resort to emergency care only.  However, regular wellness checkups are needed to promote good health.
  • Massage Therapy – Survivors can use  a massage therapist to relieve body aches, stiffness, or muscle soreness.  
  • Aroma Therapy –  Finally, infused candle and diffuser scents create a calming environment.   It also becomes easier to let go of tension and stress.
In addition to physical self-care, human trafficking survivor mental self-care is important as well.

Mental Self-Care

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  • Sense of Control – After experiencing a lack of control over their own body, exercise or physical fitness gives back their sense of control. 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Severe or years of untreated trauma may cause survivors to have PTSD.  Like many military veterans, human trafficking survivors experience mental/emotional injuries that result from prolonged events that are disturbing.

Human Trafficking Survivor Self-Care Mental Health Treatments

  • Professional Counseling/Medication – Professional therapists treat survivor cognitive techniques FDA approved medications.
  • Self-Therapy – Prayer, mindfulness, and meditation provide alternative treatments for survivor self-care and produce effective results.
Lastly, emotional self-care along with physical and mental self-care help give  survivors the tools needed to lead a renewed life of wholeness.

Emotional Self-Care

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  • Caring Community – Involvement in a caring community or group who supports the survivor is essential to fully recover.  A supportive environment allows the survivor to lose the fear of being abandoned or being taken captive by traffickers again.
  • Journaling – Expressing feelings, emotions, and concerns in a journal allows the survivor to put her/his issues in writing.  By writing the issue down the brain can process the information and start to work on a solution. After solving the problem, this provides a touchstone proving that the survivor can overcome challenges.
  • Self-Love – Often survivors were taught to put the needs of others before their own.  A new concept of self-love allows survivors to find the balance that they need to help meet the needs of others without forsaking their own physical, mental, or emotional wellness.