For her, every moment of spending time rebuilding a motorcycle tapped into her unique creativity. We may not think of building a motorcycle as a creative process because it seems, on the surface, to be more of a mechanical task, but that is a perfect example of her being able to find her own creative outlet so she could process things. Let me tell you, after discovering how to use her creativity in this way, she was in a thriving state every day for the rest of her life.
Creativity allows us to reconnect with ourselves, and release the emotions tied to those past experiences and triggers. The results of the process are not typically immediate. For most, creative activities used repeatedly and consistently have the most transformative results. Engaging in this work in order to recover and to get to thriving can be rewarding, in so many different ways.
Trauma is part of that human journey, not just for those with cancer. Whether it’s a car accident, the death of a loved one or a health challenge, most of us do not get out of life without some form of trauma. Unfortunately, the response we have to that trauma can get in the way of us living fully and enjoying every experience. That’s why healing trauma is at the core of a thriving life. When we heal and release our past trauma, it opens the door to experience so much more!
If you are struggling with intense emotional responses to things that remind you of your cancer experiences, or you think you may struggle with Post-Cancer Traumatic Stress, having the right support is important. Reach out for more information about how we can work together.