A Trauma Journal

Take some time for yourself…face the trauma.

I was recently intrigued by the thought of a trauma journal. It’s not that I haven’t heard of journaling for years and years, but this struck a different chord. It was a drawing journal. Ooh! Drawing! I love to draw. Ok, maybe I’m not professional at it, but I do love to draw, and even took an art therapy class in college. This was so up my avenue.

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I have suffered much trauma in my life. So, what better way to enhance healing with my lovely trauma releasing essential oils than to add a drawn trauma journal to the mix?

I got the idea when I read Tamara’s post about them. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should! Here’s a link to it:


Don’t let your doubt stop you!

So, yesterday, I drew two pictures. They both included trauma perpetrated by my dad. For some reason it released my mind enough to dream about more trauma concerning my ex-husband. I dreamed about him getting remarried and felt I had to warn his future wife and her family. I was able to in the dream, but have no idea if it stopped the wedding. I don’t much care if he gets remarried, my concern was for the fiance’s five children, three of which were girls of the right age, if you know what I mean.

Use color or stick with black and white!

It’s a hopeless feeling when you have trouble getting across life-changing information to someone who needs to hear it. On the other hand, I did manage to make the issue known so she could make an informed decision.

Did this dream have anything to do with my drawings? Most likely. I think, as a child, I was helpless to stop my father, but found, as an adult, I am no longer helpless. It has been a hard lesson to learn, and one I have to keep reminding myself of every day. But, I am stronger, and my children will have the benefit of that strength.

Just a Note: It is not required that you be a great artist for this journal. You are the only one who will see it, so break free and be creative. The important thing is to get the trauma out so that you have a release point, and it doesn’t build up inside you to one day explode!

Release your trauma! Let it take flight and free yourself!

Let me know if you decide to keep a trauma journal too. I find it easier than writing every little thing that happened. A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words. Happy drawing!

Published by Rita

I am a single mother, a Christian, a writer, an abuse survivor, a reader, and a friend. I've wanted to be a writer my entire life and now here I am!

4 thoughts on “A Trauma Journal

  1. Rita thank you for the shout out, I welcome everyone!

    I’m thrilled that you are using art to unlock the trauma. Our brains shut things down when we aren’t ready or able to deal with it.

    You are dreaming about the past traumas noe, no doubt because your subconscious knows that you are safe and can deal with it.


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