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Trauma happens – Then What?

Can one change trauma? A traumatic experience affects all of us differently; obviously. So, how we handle trauma individually can be very different. From physical trauma to sexual trauma to emotional trauma– each one event can come with more baggage than an airport.

Traumatic baggage is devastating and impacting all areas of our lives. Coping with the day to day is a minute by minute fight for some of us.  On the anniversary of the traumatic event, this time will most likely be more overwhelming.

What can be done to get power over the day?

One coping technique involves redefining the day and taking control back.  Instead of the drama, create a personal wellness day. Redefine the day with positives and empowering actions. Starting with small goals then bigger objectives if possible.

This does not mean you overlook what happened! No, rather your goal is to rest the day…and you may need to reset it often.

Don’t give up on redefining and recovering.

Trauma happens – Then What?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2019). Trauma happens – Then What?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 4, 2020, from


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