Recovery Tip: Have Compassion for Yourself

Over and over I’m struck by how much and how often we learn about ourselves in the PTSD recovery process. And you know what else? I’m amazed at how the process prepares us to be stronger, more proactive and more true-to-ourselves people. Which means, by the time we’re PTSD-free we’ve really worked at becoming the best of who we can be. What a gift to accomplish at the end of the struggle.

Being kind to yourself in the midst of this discovery process is critical to giving yourself the space and time to learn. Think about children: you expect them to have a learning curve, and you would be kind and supportive as they navigate the world and come to learn and understand things. Imagine yourself as a child in the post-trauma world. You are learning every day. Be nice to yourself so that you can explore and grow without fear of repercussion.

 
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