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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.    

This article highlights 10 tips for healing and wellness. Through the use of these tips, those with physical, mental, and emotional trauma and injuries can see positive health benefits.

Physical Self-Care 

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  • Physical Fitness – Exercise helps to strengthen the body.  For example running, walking, bicycling, hiking, yoga, and weight lifting are just a few of the activities that lead to good health.
  • Wellness Checkups – Survivors should not skip regular doctor visits.  Often they are forced to resort to emergency care only while being trafficked.    However, regular wellness checkups are needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Massage Therapy – To relieve body aches, stiffness, or muscle soreness,  survivors can use  a massage therapist or bathtub soaks.
  • 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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Human Trafficking Survivor Self-Care Mental Health Treatments

  • Professional Counseling –  To help survivors heal emotionally, a professional therapists can use various cognitive techniques and  FDA approved medications.
  • Self-Therapy – In addition to professional counseling, prayer and meditation provide alternative self-care treatments for survivors. 
Lastly, emotional self-care along with physical and mental self-care help give  survivors the tools needed to restore wholeness in their world.

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.