Vicarious Trauma Can Be a Vicious Cycle
Trauma comes in many forms — not only do we experience it directly, but we can take on the trauma of others. Vicarious trauma can result from repeated empathetic engagement with traumatized individuals and their reports of traumatic experiences. It can be emotionally exhausting and, if left unchecked, our emotions can take control, leading to unhealthy behavior and negative interactions with others.
One way to combat vicarious trauma — and even just stress that comes from living day-to-day — is to create a safety plan. Making your own safety plan is easy, and can play a huge role in maintaining emotional health and keeping peace in relationships.