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How to Heal Negative Childhood Memories with Journaling

By Steve Austin | Family

Jun 25

Have you ever found yourself confronting painful memories of situations you experienced when growing up?

Healing Negative Memories with Journaling

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

One of my most painful memories is of childhood sexual abuse.

During my senior year, in the middle of a class trip, the memory of my abuse came rushing back. We were touring the Department of Human Resources. When a presenter held up a little doll and described how it was used to identify where a child had been violated, I broke out in a cold sweat. A knot formed in the back of my throat, her words blurred in my ears, and my chest grew tight. I couldn’t breathe. All of a sudden I was three years old again. 

It was my first panic attack.

It took a breakdown, a suicide attempt, and years of therapy before I learned this powerful truth: we can either spend a lifetime hiding our secrets or we can heal; we cannot do both.

What's your painful childhood memory?

Maybe it's a nagging mother, an embarrassing father, or a traumatic school experience. 

Remembering these situations can be like re-opening old wounds and feeling the same emotions over and over again. Fortunately, you can use some very productive strategies to help you heal. One of those strategies is journaling – writing down how you feel and think.

I had the chance to sit down and share a simple personal journaling practice I started using about a year ago, with my friend Tracy Winchell. I use this journaling technique any time I'm feeling triggered by a negative childhood memory.

Listen to our entire conversation by clicking here. 

(And if you'd like to download the exact journaling method I use to heal painful childhood wounds, click here.)

Healing Negative Childhood Memories by Journaling via @iamsteveaustin @rebootspodcast #writerscommunity #writingcommunity #survivor

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This journaling habit is included in Lesson 9 of my True Self coaching program. If you'd like more information on how to work with me 1-on-1, click here for the details.

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

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