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The last major trauma I went through in my life was my divorce. I was already seeing a therapist as my marriage was leaving me depressed and emotionally broken. Going to therapy really helped me process my emotions and eventually helped pull me out of depression after the divorce.
Even though I still advocate professional therapy, looking back, I realize there were other things that I was doing to promote my healing.
Daily small habits that I started to slowly incorporate into my lifestyle helped me on the journey. These daily habits are a part of what I call, micro-healing.
Micro-healing in this context is the idea of incorporating small daily doses of healing practices into your life. The reason that it’s called micro-healing, is because these small practices should not take a lot of time and should be used as part of an overall mental health and self-care routine.
Micro-healing can be used even if you are going to therapy, taking medication, or doing some other type of large-scale mental health plan.
Micro-healing can be used by anyone, even if you have not gone through a very traumatic situation. As human beings, we all face challenges in life and can benefit from daily doses of joy to help us heal even what we perceive as minor emotional wounds.
Micro-healing promotes overall mental, emotional and physical wellness. It helps to boost the serotonin hormone, which is the hormone that makes us feel a sense of overall well-being, happiness and stabilizes our mood.
Micro-healing will help you to decrease anxiety, have a positive outlook on life, build confidence, build self-esteem, increase feelings of self-worth, and give you the ability to build resistance against daily stressors.
Learning to incorporate micro-healing into your daily life is simple.
The first step is to write in your schedule or calendar 1-2 times in the day where you will take a 5 to 15 minute break. Next, you will pick 1 task from the below micro-healing list to do during your break. The point is to make sure the task is only 5, 10, or 15 minutes in length, as you don’t want it to take up too much time.
Here is a micro-healing list to help you get started:
As you can see, these are very simple, short tasks that don’t require a lot of money and don’t take a lot of time. You can start with 1 every day then once you get used to doing one, add another one at a different part of your day.
For example, you may wake up brush your teeth, and say “I Am Enough” while looking in the mirror. Then, later after lunch, you may stand near your desk and do 10 squats and 10 jumping jacks to get your body moving. The idea is to be intentional about adding little injections of tasks that make your body and mind feel good.
Please note, I’m not a doctor or a therapist, so be sure to check with your doctor before you proceed to use my advice.
Micro healing is a small yet powerful part of the overall healing journey. Whether you have gone through a major traumatic event, a life change, or just facing daily small challenges, micro-healing can help. It does not take a long time, is mostly free, and will bring more feelings of peace, satisfaction, and contentment into your daily life.
Let me know if you are using mico-healing throughout your day and how it has affected your life.
Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love