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Steps to Erasing the Trauma of Painful Memories

Erasing the Trauma

Your memories can be blessings and curses. Memories are part of how we define who we are and what we stand for. And in some cases, they are a big part of how we can connect with other people. When traumatic memories are part of our past, these memories are going to start causing us more harm than they do good. 

Since so many people are going to suffer from the trauma of painful memories, it is important that they find the best steps to avoiding these painful memories and getting life back on track. Some of the best steps that someone can use to help erase the trauma of painful memories and see the best results include:

Focus on the Positives

If you have trauma that is related back to an experience, then it is time to train your mind to focus more on the positives, and less on the negatives, for your unique situation. It is so easy to let things fall on the negatives, which will just make the whole situation that much harder to deal with. 

Your brain is a powerful assistant when it comes to working against bad memories or anxiety and fear. You will be able to teach it how to think about all of the happy things that you have, rather than the sad or negative things. 

Make sure that you pay attention to how your mind is working at any given time. If you notice that you slip into fearful or negative thinking patterns and you work hard to replace those impulses with a focus on positive thoughts and happy memories. This can take a little time to retrain the mind, but is a common therapy to help overcome PTSD and trauma. 


Letting your brain relax and deal with information can be difficult. We are all distracted, busy, and don’t feel like we have the right time to care for all of our mental health needs. However, there is not much that can help you handle that mental conflict and some of the trauma that you are dealing with, quite like meditation. 

Meditation is great for helping your brain to calm down and be quiet, while it sorts out and does some compartmentalization of the different experiences that you have. This may sound like you will just go through some of those bad memories over and over again, but in reality, mediation allows you to view and recognize the memories while placing them in the right place. 

Meditation can also be used to halt the fight or flight mechanism that is native to everyone and will help your brain tell the body that all is well and there is no major threats around you, which is great when it is time to relax. 

Consider Somatic Therapy

Erasing the Trauma

Somatic therapy is a body-centered therapy that is going to look at the connection between the body and the mind. It will use a few different approaches to help provide holistic healing. In addition to utilizing some talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners will work with mind-body exercises and some other physical techniques to help release tension to help the patient. 

Those who practice somatic therapy are able to address what they see as a split between the body. They believe that the body and mind are intimately connected, though it may not be immediately apparent. Sensations, emotions, and thoughts are all believed to be connected and influence one another. 

For many who are suffering through painful memories and trauma, somatic therapy can be the right choice for you to see results. It can help heal all parts of the body, giving the patient a way to work through some of the pain and see the best results. 

Create Positive Experiences

Erasing the Trauma

There are some past traumas that you should deal with by forming new experiences that are positive, especially if you can do this around a specific activity. For example, if your traumatic experience had to do with drowning in the past, then taking the time to create new and positive memories about swimming will help your brain see the trauma is over. 

This process of creating new memories that are happy and safe can be hard with some traumas, but they are a good place to start. Make sure that you consider having some guided help through the process so that you can make it through the panic attacks or other fearful reactions as you work to create these new memories. 

Take the Bad with the Good

No matter how much we may not like it, we need to be willing to take in the bad with the good. There is actually a lot of power and healing that will come when we can accept the traumatic and negative memories and just take them for what they were. 

It is normal to have an intense desire to get away from the trauma and the pain. The flight response is strong enough to turn trauma into a self-fulfilling prophecy for a lot of people. Being willing to take the traumas and make them a part of you, something that you can pay attention to on a daily basis, can actually be a good thing. 

When done well, it will help you put a stop to some of the flight responses and them taking over your life. When we are willing to accept that we had a traumatic experience does not mean that you need to hide and run from the experience to hide the pain. It will take some time to do, but can really improve your overall life. 

Choosing to Fight Off Trauma and Painful Memories

While it is sometimes hard to deal with painful memories and some of the trauma that comes with it, it is important to learn the necessary steps to make this happen. By following some of the tips above, you will be able to fight off trauma and those painful memories in no time.

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