Journal Prompts for Processing Trauma

One of the worst things when you’ve been traumatized, is dealing with the triggers that hound and follow you. The following questions are designed to help with this. They can help you process feelings and traumatic memories.

When answering the questions, try to find a time and place where you feel relaxed and calm, and where you won’t be disturbed.

Let’s begin ….

1.What is the story you tell yourself, when you start to re-experience the trauma?

2. How do you typically feel (your emotions) and react?

3. What is the most uncomfortable emotion, and what makes this feel so uncomfortable?

4. What is the scariest reaction, and why?

5. If you find yourself being triggered by a person (or type of person), what do you see in that person (type of person)?

6. Who played down your traumatic experience, or wanted you to “shut up”, and not talk about it? How did that make you feel?

7. Who believed you, when you shared your story with them? What did they say or do which helped? How did it feel to be believed?   

8. What do you need to feel supported when you feel yourself being triggered?

9. What are some ways to practice self-care, when you have experienced a traumatic response?

10. If you could leave yourself a note on an individual post-it, what would you say to your past self?

Progress is progress. Remember that. Small shaky steps still count.”

6 thoughts on “Journal Prompts for Processing Trauma

  1. Thank you for this information. I’m finding I often get triggered and that’s always horrible and frightening to deal with. I will keep this tab open on my laptop so that I can come back to it later and write the questions and answers out in my notebook to try and learn from this. Thanks again x.

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  2. 3. The most uncomfortable emotion (for me) is shame. Some of it is earned but much of it is not. I suppose my sense of shame is rooted in the things I didn’t do–to address the betrayal trauma I experienced. “If only I’d been more assertive and advocated for myself.” “I should have stood up more to my significant other.” The truth is likely more complicated. Many bullies, betrayers, and abusers are sociopaths who are very good at what they do. They also choose their victims carefully. I’ll stop my ramblings with this: I was victimized; you probably were too. It should carry no shame.

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    • There is certainly no shame in trusting, and believing the best of, someone we were in a committed relationship with. And, yes, sociopaths are good at what they do. They deceive the majority of people they interact with, not just their partners. Thanks so much for the ramblings. They are very helpful!!

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