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When it came to my PTSD recovery, I was all about (as the rednecks here in Florida say), ‘Git ‘r dun!’
I bet you’re like that, too. I bet you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get better, aren’t you? (You are, aren’t you???)
And then, the frustrating thing is that you can’t force the pace of recovery. You must be diligent and committed and dedicated, but you don’t actually decide how long it takes.
This rate of recovery issue is actually true of any recovery. When you cut your finger, you don’t try to make it heal faster. You know that the body has a process and procedure and that you can’t make the wound fill in and the scab fall off earlier than the body decides.
The same is true for your mind. There is a process and procedure of letting the wound(s) fill in and the scab(s) fall off. All you can do is give yourself permission to let the process take the time it needs.
I had a fabulous interview with Dr. David Petruska last week on the latest episode of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA. We were talking specifically about traumatic brain injury and recovery. He said something that applies, however, to all of our recovery, from TBI and/or PTSD. In response to a listener’s question about how to speed up recovery Dr. Petruska said,
“You can always slow down recovery by forcing yourself into doing things you should not be doing and making yourself more aggravated. But if you just take the time to be temperant it’s amazing what you can do.”
Yes, it’s difficult to be patient. Yes, it’s tough to do the work to heal. However, when you stop fighting the pace of recovery, when you accept the process and procedure, you actually heal faster. Now, how does all of this translate into your life?
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