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  • Gracie Williams

The Power of Routine for Sexual Trauma Survivors

One of the most difficult challenges that comes with surviving sexual trauma is the loss of power and control you may feel.

This feeling is expected and completely normal, someone has taken advantage of you and left you feeling powerless and has almost claimed your body as theirs. It can be an extremely difficult concept to grasp.


Having control over your health and body are critical aspects within the trauma recovery process and healing.

Healing from sexual trauma is all about reclaiming your body, reclaiming the control you have of your body and mind, and reclaiming all power as your own.

One of the most powerful tools to reclaiming your control, power, and body, and ultimately to seek healing is routine.

Routine is an excellent and productive way of regaining a sense of power because it allows you to be intentional about your daily habits which, overall, improves your healing journey.

Not only this, but being intentional with your daily habits and, ultimately, your routine helps to increase resilience and increases energy levels which makes the healing process that little bit easier.

Routine might not come easy, its trial-and-error, but the effort to create your routine will already, hopefully, increase your mood and help you feel that sense of power once again.

Likewise, it takes around 21 days to form a new habit, which means that if you stick with your routine for 21 days, the easier it will be to carry on.

Routine helps to decrease stress levels which lead to better mental health, and a better mindset. This improved mindset is crucial to persist with your healing journey. It will enable you to see things much clearer, it may even help you to let go of any guilt, shame, and grief you may be feeling within you.

Many sexual trauma survivors face the difficult challenge of insomnia and/or nightmares. Routine is a powerful tool in helping with sleep, in which with better sleep, you are more likely to have energy to stick with your routine, and you will, most likely, be able to cope with your trauma more productively.

Whether you choose to take on one routine at a time… maybe you start with a morning routine and do it every day for 21 days, and then incorporate your night routine, and then ultimately a daily routine, whatever you choose, remember that it will be worth it.

We know it can be daunting, but in the long run it will benefit you and make your healing journey easier, even if it is just a little.

You’ve got this.

Keep going, Keep growing…

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