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.
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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.
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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.
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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.