Healing Corner

The Healing Corner is a brave and safe space that helps you with resources to help cope with the stress, anxiety, PTSD, fear, discomfort, anger, and a range of feelings that come up after experiencing gender-based violence of any kind. We welcome you to treat this space as a sandbox where you can rely on tools that can help you in the here and the now, to tide over episodes of feelings and discomfort.

Scroll down for the Healing Corner's offerings and soak in some warm, healing vibes.

 

NB: Please know that this is not a substitute for wholesome and professional support. The Healing Corner is only an assistive space with resources that can complement professional trauma healing support. User discretion advised.

BREATHE

Use the GIF on the left to guide you into taking deep breaths. 

a grounding exercise

This is a powerful technique that helps you root yourself in the here and the now, where you feel safe. All you need to do is to rely on your sensory organs. Take a deep breath and let it out, and then begin.

From the environment around you,

Name FIVE things you can see.

Name FOUR things you can feel.

Name THREE things you can hear.

Name TWO things you can smell.

Name ONE thing you can taste.

You may write this cue down in your journal, print it out, or write it on a sticky note and place it where you can access it when you need it. Breathe deeply through it all.

music

Calming Sounds

Use the links on either side to listen to calming music or to blank noise.

blank noise

a grounding exercise

This is a powerful technique that helps you root yourself in the here and the now, where you feel safe. All you need to do is to rely on your sensory organs. Take a deep breath and let it out, and then begin.

From the environment around you,

Name FIVE things you can see.

Name FOUR things you can feel.

Name THREE things you can hear.

Name TWO things you can smell.

Name ONE thing you can taste.

You may write this cue down in your journal, print it out, or write it on a sticky note and place it where you can access it when you need it. Breathe deeply through it all.

positive affirmations

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Affirmations have a way of breaking self-talk - which is the constant conversation that unfolds in your mind that may seem tough to control or change. These affirmations below are by Louise L. Hay, a pioneer in the field of using Affirmations to heal from trauma, and can help you shift toward leading peaceful, happy, and empowered futures. Here are a few affirmations you can repeat to yourself every day. 

"I am strong, brave, and resilient."

"I am in charge, I now take my own power back."

"I have survived all of the bad days I've had."

"I am worthy of compassion and love."

"I am loved and I am at peace."

"I deserve all that is good."
"I honour who I am."

"The past is over."

Wave

a writing activity

Writing works as an effective tool to help address trauma associated with your triggers and to process all the feelings that come up in relation to what is going on. It doesn't need to be eloquent, literary writing at all. Even disjointed sentences, a few phrases or words, or even single sentences work just fine. It does not even need to be grammatically accurate. Writing down your trauma can help you reduce what happened to words - and in a dialogue with paper, you don't have to do the emotional labour of articulating it to a person. 

This exercise is aimed at helping you respond to what has happened through writing. Do not proceed with this activity if you are highly triggered.

Think about the thing that's worrying / hurting you. What comes to mind? Write out your responses as they emerge. What are you feeling right now? What's going on in your heart / mind / body? Is there something you want to say that you haven't been able to? 

Keep the writing going: do not judge yourself or self-censor. Let everything that comes to surface emerge without restriction. You may do this in a journal, or in a diary app, or even on loose sheets.