Self Help

Top Ten Things I’ve Learned During PTSD Recovery

Diane
You are not alone I’ve learned that as much as I wanted to isolate myself, connecting with others, heals. I’m not going to quote the depressing statistics here, but child abuse is rampant across the globe, as is domestic abuse and rape. The link from trauma to survivor is very personal, but just remember whatever your situation – you are not alone. #metoo I isolated myself for a very long time. It didn’t help me – it hurt. Isolating yourself slows down, if not stops, the healing process. There are numerous online PTSD forums which I’ll link to at the

Overcoming the Burden of Guilt

Diane
When something terrible happens to you that causes you to be constantly fearful or ashamed, a deep level of guilt can begin to take root. Guilt can keep you from seeking out and experiencing the joy you so desperately need to fully heal by making you feel as if you don’t deserve it. Everyone feels guilt once in a while, but if you’re a trauma survivor, it becomes a part of you. Suddenly all the mistakes you’ve ever made (or think you’ve made) start to overwhelm you. You can feel guilty for what you did. You can feel guilty for

Five Little Ways to Deal with Depression

Diane
Reach out Do your best not to isolate. If I’m feeling low, instead of hiding, I come out of my room. Even though I am mostly housebound due to epilepsy (no driving), every day I reach out somehow – via social media, text, through an online forum, in some form I connect with someone. It’s not to talk about depression, it’s simply with the purpose of connecting to another human being, even if that person is a stranger. It reminds me that I am not alone. Play music – the uplifting, happy kind Have songs that you associate with good

Handling PTSD Anxiety Effectively After Being Triggered

Diane
There were times with PTSD that I would get triggered and get stuck with this nervous energy, a miserable level of anxiety that I simply could not shake. PTSD anxiety. The anxiety that you feel when your fight or flight response is triggered by some form of stimuli. Since there is no actual danger, you are then stuck with nothing to do with all of this nervous energy. Years of living with this issue led me into developing my own very safe and effective routine for dealing with being triggered. What you first need to do is deescalate the situation

Easing Anxiety Through Mindful Breathing

Diane
With PTSD, you never know when you might be triggered into a bout of unrelenting anxiety. One of the first things to check for when you are trying to release some of the tension in your body is: your breathing. Often, without even knowing it, those with PTSD will “forget” to breath, holding tension and anxiety inside. The sooner you breath it out, the better. Three years of therapy taught me several tools which I have carried with me through my years, a few different methods of trying to steer the ship in another direction when it feels like anxiety