1) Storytelling can be therapeutic because, for many of us and our ancestors, we have been hushed and silenced for decades. Find courage and healing in your story, through reflection on how far you have come. Know that sharing your experience can encourage and help motivate others. You deserve and have every right to elevate your voice.
2) Use mindfulness tools like breathing, centering, grounding, and stretching before, during, and after you share your story. Drinking water and tea can also help with relaxation and focus. Storytelling can be draining, so ensure you get adequate and necessary rest after sharing.
3) Be sure to identify your own triggers or stressors. It’s important to have a support system when telling your story, having people that you trust and can confide in. There is strength in community and know that you are not alone.
Always remember that your story is powerful and can pull at folks’ hearts, which tends to lead towards action. We at Time Done understand the many hardships and struggles that come with having a record and being system-impacted. We are here for you and got your back.
Here’s an example of powerful story by TimeDone Membership Engagement Manager Terrance Stewart.