Last Friday, February 14th, many celebrated a day of hearts, flowers and candy. Couples swooned and hearts filled with love. Yes, Valentine’s Day can be special for some, but to many it’s just another day. The month of February however, is also American Heart Month. Most are probably aware that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. We are told time and again what we should be doing to combat this issue, between diet and exercise we know what we should do. Some choose to partake, while others say it’s too hard or they don’t have time.
It is obvious that we've determined that a daily healthy routine is important to having a healthy heart, but continual stress and trauma are also factors that can jeopardize a person's heart health. The evils of childhood trauma could have a huge impact on an adult's quality of life later on. The ACE Study is one of the largest studies ever conducted to determine associations between childhood abuse and wellbeing in adulthood. The NSVRC library also happens to have some incredibly useful resources for self-help and healing for survivors of trauma. Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse with Yoga by Mark Lily and Jaime Hedlund, which was featured in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, is an excellent resource for just that. The article highlights ways for helping young people recover from sexual abuse using yoga practices. It contains steps for working with youth, which include self-inquiry, training, program design, teaching strategies, and integration with other services. Also described is an 8 week program with suggested poses, mantras, creative activities, and mindful practices.
A Self-Help Guide for Males who Have Been Sexually Abused : Information for Men, their Partners, Family, Friends and Service Providers by West Yorkshire Survivors is also a valuable tool for males dealing with trauma from sexual abuse. This could be sexual abuse that has happened in the past or recently. It recognizes that not all men are the same, but the ideas presented in the material could be helpful to anyone. Its main goal is to provide helpful advice for “living well.”
It is equally important for professionals working with survivors to care for themselves. Coping With Trauma Work and Vicarious Trauma : A Guide for Professionals and Volunteers Who Work with Victims of Trauma, Crime and Disasters by Terri Spahr Nelson and Patrick R. Nelson is a wonderful resource for professionals and volunteers working with survivors of trauma, crime, abuse and natural disasters. The source offers information regarding the effects and impact of trauma work. It also includes a list of recommended resources surrounding the topic. If this resource seems interesting to you, check out the NSVRCTumblr Feel Good account, which is filled with positive and uplifting posts for those whose work interacts with sexual violence trauma.
If these resources sound intriguing, I would encourage you to check out the many others regarding self-help, recovery, and vicarious trauma available through the NSVRC library. Just as it is important to keep our heart healthy, it is equally important to keep the rest of our body and our minds healthy.
Want to find out more? Contact the NSVRC library today!