PTSD Recovery Tip: Do Something That Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Because of the release of my PTSD recovery memoir last week, I’ve been doing a lot of interviews. Last week Dr. Suzanne Phillips interviewed me about Strategies for Healing the Psychological Impact of Medical IllnessIn addition to covering how parents can help children and the importance of self-care, I also talk about seven strategies for healing the psychological trauma of medical illness (which, by the way, equally apply to every trauma!). Check out the seven strategies here.

I was also on It’s Your Health! radio talking all about memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED, plus PTSD and recovery. You can listen to me describe how I healed and the number one thing that had a huge impact on my recovery here (scroll down to the April 26 shows).

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been thinking about that’s a great support on the recovery journey:

When was the last time you felt really good about yourself? In PTSD recovery that idea of feeling good about yourself can go out the window. I know it did for me. But then, there were moments when I least expected it that I did feel really, really good about myself. Like the day I graduated with an MFA in Poetry. I felt like a good part of myself had kicked in, shown up and taken control.  Hmmm. What did that mean?

Today I was coaching a Heal My PTSD Support Group member about how to elicit what he wants to feel. Technically, if you can imagine a feeling, emotion or state of being, you can create it. But how? Actually, it’s not as tough as it sounds.

Think back to a time that you really liked who you were. I know even in the midst of PTSD if you focus yourself hard enough you can think back to a time you were pleased with yourself, or felt happy in your own skin, or proud of something you had done. Now, what were you doing?

To further the support group member example: he knows that when he paints he feels ‘accomplished.’ Wow, what would it be like to access that feeling on a daily basis? How would it change how you see the world and interact with and in it if you were feeling all that instead of less than?

Today, do something that makes you feel good about yourself. It can be the smallest thing, like planting one single plant. But trust me, doing one small thing that makes you feel good can bring one big whoosh of a strong and supportive emotion.


When my PTSD recovery memoir was released last week we also launched PROJECT GIVE BACK: FREE with your copy of the book you will receive over $1,900 in PTSD support resources. How cool is that? I asked my colleagues to do something really special for you and they came through for me in a HUGE way. Check out all the details here.


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All through the month of April we’re discussing hope for post-trauma recovery. Click here to see my upcoming guests on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA.

This week I’ll be chatting with my mental health advocate pal, Dena Sisk Foman, and also, coach Stephanie Gagos. We’ll be talking about what it takes to overcome emotional and psychological challenges.

Special this week:  In honor of the release of my trauma recovery memoir Stephanie has donated 1 seat in her upcoming ecourse, Truth Project II: Healing With Imagery and Ritual. This special opportunities will be given away to a caller during the live broadcast.

Stephanie describes the course:

This 7 week E-Course (weekly art and coaching videos, content pdfs and digital art sheets to use in your own art) includes imagery to help women access the recurring images in the story of their trauma as well as discover very personal healing images that can be used in the healing process. Members of the course will use art and journaling exercises to express and move through some of the feelings associated with their trauma, create and use rituals to begin to reclaim parts that they feel they have lost or have been buried underneath the trauma, and receive support from myself and others throughout the seven week process.

Click here for more info and to listen live.

Want ideas about how to deal with depression, change, and healing? Want to know how to find treatments that work and proof that your past can be overcome?

Listen to past episodes of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA here.



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