Being active doesn’t have to mean running on a treadmill, hitting the stair climber, or lifting weights (though those are all great). Being active can also include taking advantage of a beautiful day and exploring. Google historical sites and trails near you, go stand where generations upon generations of people have stood. If you’re into military history visit military history sites such as castles, garrisons, or battlefields. Climb the hills, take the hikes, check out the scenery. Enjoy it and don’t forget to drink water.
Grounding, protective, passionate, emotionally soothing, anti-depressive, abundance bracelet with smoky quartz, brown toned amazonite, carnelian, citrine, tiger’s eye and bloodstone. Bloodstone is also supportive for PTSD.
#sleepy#enfp#rainyfriday#feelslikesunday#pajamachronicles#balance#oneup 🍄 💚 👑 I cleaned my glass the other day but ran out of cleaning solvent! It was NOT done to completion, not even close to #fengshuifreak standards... But it was clean enough to use comfortably again, and for this I was simply grateful. I JUST got back from a re-up... But I definitely medicated before people-ing at the grocery store. 😂 🐚🦀 #ptsdhealing ✅ What’s your favorite way to clean your precious glass? Solvents and gentle abrasive exfoliation? Boiling water baths? Traditional rubbing alcohol? 🧠 🤔 💭 🧼 🧽 #gratefulgemini
"Animals in the wild recover spontaneously from the immobilized state; involuntary movements, changes in breathing patterns, yawning, shaking, and trembling, release or discharge the intense biological arousal; these phenomena have been observed repeatedly by Peter Levine over 45 years of clinical experience, and confirmed through numerous anecdotal accounts by those who work professionally with wild animals; In humans, a variety of factors can thwart this ‘resetting’ of the nervous system: fear of the discharge process itself, prolongation of the traumatic situation, complex cognitive and psycho-social considerations, cortical interference. This failure to reset leaves the nervous system stuck in a dysregulated state. It is when the spontaneous ‘reset’ fails that we see lasting post-traumatic symptoms.” SOURCE: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Accelerated Reaolution Therapy (ART) works! Check out acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com to find a provider in your area. . . . What Is ART? ART is an evidence-based (meaning its been studied) psychotherapy that fosters rapid recovery by reprogramming how the brain stores traumatic memories and imagery. . . ART has roots in and includes elements of existing evidence-based modalities (EMDR, Gestalt, Psychodynic) The treatment program incorporates memory visualization techniques that are enhanced by the use of horizontal eye movements, as well as memory reconsolidation, a way in which new information is incorporated into existing memories. . . . As someone who has been through ART for trauma myself, as well as seen it work wonders with clients, I'm excited we have this as another treatment option for Post Trauma Stress, addictions, anxiety, phobias, and other mental health issues. I could go on and on but don't take my word for it! Google Accelerated Resolution Therapy, contact me or another trained therapist, and see for yourself. ☝ checkout my website
Morning, guys. ❤️ Yesterday was rough. It just was. Honestly, I feel a bit like I was beaten up - emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I'm tired this morning, in a way I haven't felt in a really long time. Can we just acknowledge that life is crazy hard and painful sometimes? Even answered prayers don't always result in the peace you've been longing for. (Just one of the many takeaway lessons from yesterday's events). I was hurting, so I momentarily lapsed into old, unhealthy coping mechanisms. Rather than turning to God for comfort and healing, I chose to temporarily numb myself from the pain. I know better. I AM better than my behavior yesterday. But this is where grace steps in! I learned some incredibly valuable lessons, and gained true insight through the experiences of yesterday. I feel like God is asking me, "Are you ready to go all in yet?". Because honestly, as much as I love the Lord, I still (apparently) look for release from pain in ways that aren't good for me. The answer will never be in the fridge, or in a bottle, or in anything I could temporarily use to numb my emotions. It simply won't be, ever. My turning to those things proves that I still have a ways to go in my recovery ... and it's OK. Life seems to be a series of two steps forward, one step back. I'm learning to accept that that is STILL progress. And despite my heartache, I trust that God has this. I know that the only way true healing will come in this circumstance is through Him. So I wait, patiently ... and I forgive myself, as much as those who I perceive to have hurt me. Because grace wins, always.
Took the foster pup for a hike today. He’s going to his new family tomorrow and honestly, I’m heartbroken.⠀ ⠀ I fell in love with this 75 lb pitbull the second I met him, after watching him dodge 5 different cars while crossing a four lane road! Homeboy should be dead. ⠀ ⠀ But he’s not. And when I asked the Universe to teach me genuine, unconditional love at a cannabis healing ritual just moments before rescuing him on NYE, I knew for certain the answer was this dog.⠀ ⠀ He came into my life at a time when I so desperately needed it. Between finally addressing childhood-sexual trauma, separating from my partner, ongoing health concerns, and struggling to make enough money to take care of myself, I was so overwhelmed that I’d completely shut down.⠀ ⠀ Hell, the only reason I even attended the gathering was because a friend promised to join me in an effort to get me out of the house. I’d been battling depression and crippling anxiety for months. She bailed, but something told me to go anyways. ⠀ ⠀ The point is— everything is happening precisely as it should. I just need to trust in that; something I’m committed to harnessing, yet can still seem so far away from. Trauma steals our ability to trust, after all. So it’ll take a lot of work to reclaim it. I’m finally okay with that. ⠀ ⠀ How about you? Do you trust the Universe? ⠀ ⠀ #smokepraylove#dogmedicine#pitbullsociety#adoptionjourney#whoreallyrescuedwho#mmj#shadowart#dogsmakelifebetter#ptsdhealing#trustissues#workingonit#hikeitout
This is a drawing of Topaz that I started almost four years ago and then finally finished last year. When I started therapy with the horses four and a half years ago, I had no idea what was in front of me. All I knew is that my life was in shambles at my feet and I couldn't keep going the same way I had been. There is so much to say that I can't fit into a tiny post. But after about six months I finally started having glimpses of a new life and I also began to draw the horses. It was one of the tiny incremental changes that slowly started to help me reconnect to myself and my life. #horsesashealers#horseart#horsedrawing#horseportrait#healinganxiety#equinetherapy#ptsdhealing #equinefacilitatedpyschotherapy #horsemedicine#posttraumaticgrowth#coloredpencildrawing
I love this quote by Victor Frankl. If you haven't read Man's Search for Meaning, I highly recommend it. It speaks to how even if the worst circumstances, we can help ourselves by choosing our attitude and deriving meaning through helping others. The most kind, warm-hearted and inspirational people I've come across in this life are those who have suffered, and found meaning in life through helping others. 🙏🙏
Yesterday was a battle day. They aren’t any fun and they don’t end quick enough. When it gets tough I get out a pen and paper. Battle on warrior sisters ❤️⚔️ ・・・ If you change nothing, nothing will change. You can’t just face your demons, you have to expel them. Not all of them will want to go. And you won’t always feel like going to battle with the shit buried deep down. It’s hard work. It’s exhausting work. Its dark work. It’s fucking miserable at times. But staying where you are isn’t an option if you want any kind of a life. The pain of your past won’t go away in the future unless you deal with what’s making you miserable today. The stuff you’re carrying around is a heavy load on others who love you too. At the end of the day, and the end of the week or month, every ounce of progress, every step in the right direction will add up to something significant. You’re in the driver seat, your foot is either on the gas or the break.
Please take a moment to check out our friends over at @beneath_the_surface_foundation who are launching their platform for veterans and their significant others. Best thing you can do for you, and those you love, is to take care of yourself body, mind, and spirit 🌟🖤 Please give them a follow and check out their website! #repost @alpha.tango.actual ・・・ The modern concept of yoga has taken on it’s own form, especially within the world of social media, causing a distorted representation of the true practice. A yoga practice is about self discovery and the cultivation of deep internal awareness. Researching to find a good fit when attending a class as a first-time student, or at a new studio, will help mitigate a poor experience. There are teachers who set aside the need for any validation that can provide raw, relatable insight. With consistent and authentic guidance, the student finds space to achieve their own experience of internal connection. My mission, @specialomperator’s mission, and the goals of @beneath_the_surface_foundation, are to provide an honest, intense, and authentically guided path into yoga, providing necessary tools to create your own version of the practice. - To work through any internal traumas and anxieties. - To grow into an even better version of yourself. - To restructure what it means to be vulnerable. - To create whole-person resiliency. - To be the advocates for yourself and the veteran community. NO ONE ever needs to suffer, struggle, or feel alone on their healing journey. NO ONE should ever feel isolated from this healing practice. #taskforceyoga#bethesurf
Here is everything Trauma survivors would need to know about Post-Traumatic Growth, compiled into 24 questions made easier to read and digest. Wishing you hope and growth ! ❤️ Please check out the link in bio for references. “Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods” - Peter Levine
If you find yourself in anxious situations take a breath. A single breath but focus your whole mind and body on that breath. Feel how your lungs expand and how your body responds to the breath. Realize that as long as you are breathing, you’re alive. You have control and you can get through this. The simplest skill that we do from the moment we are born, has the power to remind us that we still have control. Take control, keep moving, you’re alive.
SWIPE to read an introspective self-talk of one Mr True Man recovering from childhood trauma, condensed into three fundamental questions, partly inspired by my realizations across over a decade long healing journey including somatic based therapy and spirituality. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration from this coming together of my love for art, movies, spirituality and psychology. I meant this to be a teaser to the posts about Post-Traumatic Growth. It however shaped up to be an interesting expression by itself. Let me know what you think. I watched the movie “The Truman Show” almost two decades ago and it still continues to be a dear one as much as is Jim Carrey and his inspiring spiritual growth. The large reality show studio in the movie is a great parallel to the mentally limiting beliefs and world view that survivors of childhood trauma tend to build. The inner critic and a damaged nervous system continue to reinforces the false beliefs of danger lurking around long after the actual danger has passed. Diagnosis and Therapy followed by an existential quest can lead to the unveiling of reality. Once we start seeing things for what they really are - objectively, having seen the rock bottom the only place to go is up, inching towards a richer experience of life. Openness can pave the path to self discovery and more meaning in life when the limiting beliefs are shattered one after another and the expansion of the nervous system ‘window of tolerance’ makes room for treading cautiously towards uncharted territories not the ones needing you to fit in better, but on the contrary the ones that makes you feel good. There are a bunch of other factors beyond just having the courage and the will to heal and all of them have to favorably fall in place for healing and growth to happen. The intent here is to offer hope and optimism that healing and growth is possible. Though all the studies about Post-Traumatic Growth appear to be about shock trauma or
Recovery allows us to see how our external problems (work, relationships, physical health) are a direct reflection of our internal condition. . . Without working to heal the INTERNAL trauma, negative beliefs about ourselves, and the other thoughts and emotions holding us back, we will continue to suffer. #recoveryisaninsidejob
10 years ago today I gave birth to a baby boy. The real truth is 10 years from now, you will surely arrive. The question is WHERE? . Not a day goes by where I’m not thankful. Thankful to Beachbody. Thankful for gift of coaching. Thankful to those who have been placed on my path. . In these 10 years..... . I found myself again. I got my spark back. I beat postpartum depression . I beat separation and divorce. I beat starting over. I beat financial hardship and a life of struggle. I beat limiting self beliefs. I beat being LONELY, lost, defeated and existence. I beat a number. I beat 140 pounds of baby weight. I beat the scale. I beat grief. I beat loss. I beat 2 stress leaves. I beat settling in a job with a capped salary and limited vacation time. I beat being fired from a job. I beat being a snappy, pissy, judgemental woman. I beat my fears. I beat PTSD. I beat failure, and continue to set goals for myself. . WHY? Because 10 years from now I don’t want to be stuck in the same place, and my growth game is strong these days. Failure is in fact the stepping stone to success. . . 10 years from TODAY you will surely arrive... (maybe.. 🤞if you take care of yourself), but it’s not about the GOAL, it’s about WHO you become in the process. . You matter. You can do hard things. It will take time. It will be WORTH it. The good. The bad. The awful. I’m thankful for it all❤️🙏🙏🙏 . Now go get it friends. But you MUST be willing to take the first step. You gotta go get it, cause there are NO rescue boats coming to save you. . That’s on you. . . . . . #10yearsold#csectionmom#rainbowbaby#ptsdhealing#csectionscar
My Aquarian best friend @stevie_waichulis a space age androgenieass in his own right, but he could use a little grounding, protection, passion, comfort, and joy in his life. Hence the birth of this Spring themed bracelet with: smoky quartz, agate, carnelian, citrine, Tiger’s Eye, green aventurine and bloodstone. . Bloodstone is a good bracelet to wear for people with PTSD. I wonder how many starseeds made it to 40 without getting PTSD along the way? . The thing I love about my bff- is that no matter what trials he goes through- he’s always ready with a clever quip or dark joke to make light of the situation and never one to play the victim. I admire his strength, smarts, and perseverance. . AND! He gave me a CAR for my graduation present. Who does that besides Mom or Dar if you’re lucky? So, the least I could do is make him a couple bracelets until I win the lottery and can take his gender non-specific ass to Tahiti. . What’s YOUR favorite crystal for protection or grounding? Drop it in the comments. 🧡☘️💎☘️🧡
I remember when I was 10… being called into the nurses office and they placed me on a scale. That was really the first time I experience anything like it. . I was different. I was fat. I was bullied. I was unhealthy. Today I weigh 20 pounds less than when I was 7 years old. I’ve maintained my weight for over 16 plus years now. I’ve had 3 babies. I know healthy nutrition works. Period. . . I was always picked last. I was never asked on dates. I’d closet eat. I’d binge. I calorie counted. I obsessed. I dieted. I deprived. . A VICIOUS cycle that continued for a VERY long time until I mastered nutrition and mindset. . I’m passionate about teaching BOTH. Helping people to change their lives is my thing, and I am SUPER passionate about helping people LEARN simply how to be HEALTHY. 👉👉Ditching the diets, the quick fixes, the deprivation, the obsessions, the restrictions! . I’m looking for 20 MOMS! Who are ready to do this with me! This is all about LEARNING about what to eat, breaking the addiction with FOOD, sugar, learning how to read labels, learning about proper portions and DITCHING the diets once and for all! Never ever counting calories, macros or defining your worth on a stupid scale! . You will get 30 nutritional videos that cover it ALL, a cooking show, a year of at home workouts, nutrition plans, recipe book with 102 new recipes, 75 healthy recipes for KIDS, ME as your personal coach and DAILY support guiding you! . Let’s end this trend to OBESITY, poor health .. and childhood obesity shall we??? . If you’re interested, complete the form GET HEALTHY with me in my bio, and I’ll email you all the details! . This program is NOT free but your total HEALTH investment for the tools in giving you is less than $300. That’s less than 50 cents a day, and if you don’t think you’re worth that. . Sorry, I can’t help you. I’m only looking for SERIOUS women who are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired! .
I can see so clearly now. Can’t be all play....and no work. When you’re the CEO of your own life, you show up! I’m about to get my Master Coach Certification in our Nutrition Program, and my team is getting certified as well. It’s powerful to work with people who want to see you GROW, evolve, and succeed. . Powerful to have a virtual business that meshes with your life too. . Today the house cleaner came. 4 years ago a regular cleaner wasn’t a possibility. . Dennis and I went shopping at the thrift store. Believe it or not, Years ago I would call in “sick” when Value Village was having a 50% off sale. I love thrifting. I love a good bargain. I am a frugal mom who always gets the best deal. . Today we took the morning off. We shopped. We had a date. We picked our son and his friends up from camp. We laughed. We were FREE! So free ❤️🙏 . Deep down I always felt like there had to be more. I don’t believe I was ever hardwired to be an employee. . From the time I was 15 and had my first job… I just hated being told what to do. . I hated that I had to ask for permission for time off. . I hated that I couldn’t wear jeans on a Tuesday. . I hated that flip-flops were frowned upon . I hated that I had to listen to CHYM FM, when I’m a country fan. . I hated that my worth was based on a grid. . I hated being handed more work for the same pay year after year. . I hated that I couldn’t wear perfume or paint my nails. . What I did LOVE? FREEDOM… and you know looking back, I can see SO clearly now. . It feels REALLY DAMN good to be exactly who you are meant to be. It feels really damn amazing to find yourself again. Feels really amazing to use your god given gifts and talents. . Do you remember who you were before the world told you how you SHOULD be? . There was this fire 🔥 in my belly from the time I was born, and if you’ve got that fire in your belly too, I encourage you to follow the ROAD less travelled.
I’ve been a Hello Kitty fan for many years. I’ve made some great friends from all over the world as a result of her cuteness and a shared love of letter writing. Some people who know me well often smirk at the fact that I love Hello Kitty so much, but sometimes you have to hold on to the little things that give you a genuine smile when things get rough. Even the strongest warriors have a soft side sometimes. 💕 #hellokitty#positivevibes#copingstrategies#ptsdhealing
Every single morning I get up between 4am and 5am to work on myself. ❤️I actually really love this quiet time as I get all the guidance and strength I need. Self Reliance. Clarity. Certainty. . What’s the problem? I’ve asked myself this many times when I’ve been in a period of struggle. When I’m being challenged. When I’m not growing. When I’m stuck . What is the problem??? And ouch it hurts sometimes. . The problem is YOU! . You got in the way, You got greedy, You got self absorbed, You never appreciated what you had, You never celebrated the wins, You were striving to win, You were always wanting more, You never clapped for others, You never felt good enough, You never felt worthy enough, You were trying to control, You weren’t drinking enough water, You weren’t slowing down, You were giving your power away, You weren’t eating enough, You were trying to make sense, You lacked patience, You never believed, . 👉You are the problem, but the beautiful thing is you are also the solution too. . So how do you FIX that? . You LET GO. You give thanks. You love ❤️ You eat well, You move more, You hydrate, You remove your need to win, You remove yourself from the equation, You let light and love flow through, You honour the struggle, You accept it, . You TRUST that where you are is EXACTLY where you are meant to be. . So there you have it friends. . The recipe for changing your damn life and living Happy, Healthy, Free . ❤️Have the most beautiful day. . . . . #thirdeyechakra#chakrabracelets#balanced#flexible#ptsdrecoverypositivity#ptsdhealing#warriorpose#lotustattoos
six years since i left my abusive relationship. a happy sad day. i’ve learned you aren’t always going to be happy when you’re expected to be. and that’s okay. my affirmation for today is “you are brave enough”. you were brave enough to leave, brave enough to stay away, brave enough to keep going. now you are brave enough to feel the sorrow. it will not break you. happy 311. day 70 #tenminutesofcreativity
I've come to believe that for the healing of trauma we must incorporate the body and spirit in addition to the traditional approach of treating the mind. Things like a yoga practice, healthy nutrition and exercise routine do wonders for our mental health. These practices combined with Accelerated Resolution Therapy can especially help people with anxiety, traumatic stress and addictions achieve wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. 🧘♂️ @ashtangayogaouterbanks
Seeing comments like this breaks my heart. We are working hard, reading the latest research, and attempting to build a support network to help those, who feel like this, persevere to experience the benefits of exercise on their symptoms. If you feel like just getting out of bed is difficult, let our support network give you the motivation, encouragement, and support to help you get started down the path of fitness. Just remember, you don’t have to go through this alone.
Healing: Trauma, Drama & Wounds _ I’m running a FREE MASTERMIND on healing from any trauma or drama (small or major) this coming Wednesday. _ Registration link is in my bio. _ You can’t heal it if you don’t face it. _ If you try to suppress or fight negative emotions you will lose every round of that fight. You must process it to heal it. _ In the mastermind I will share with you a very powerful process as well as pdf downloads for live attendees. _ We will also cover when your perception of the past will act as a roadblock to creating the future you want. _ This powerful and exclusive training is usually only available to members of the LK Club. _ It will be unfiltered, raw, honest and highly effective. _ Register now, schedule it in your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. _ To your success Love, light & magic Lena 😘🦁🌎🧡
Many of us feel guilty about being good to ourselves. We have an inner critic that calls us lazy, selfish, or unworthy of making "me" time. We lead busy lives with our family, friends, and work. We tell ourselves we don't have time. . . Self-care is not easy. While it certainly can be getting a massage, it can also mean cutting a toxic relationship out of your life. Self care is going to the gym when you don't want to, it's not blowing off steam by getting drunk. Self care is investing in yourself by going to counseling. 😉 . . Without self care our bodies produce large amounts of the stress chemical corrisol which can lead to many different health issues. Many physicians believe 90% of illness is caused by stress! Self care is especially important for those of us with a history of trauma or issues with anxiety and addiction. Stress is the number one trigger for these issues. . . Take some time today to practice self care! Go outside, call an old friend, read a book, exercise. Ask yourself how can I incorporate more self care into my weekly schedule? Comment below what you do for self care 👇 🧘♂️
We are very happy to introduce our newest partner in our mission to help PTSD sufferers take control of their symptoms through physical activity and exercise. @crossfit3000 in South Melbourne, AUS has committed to offering the accountability, encouragement, and motivation needed to build strong habits and routines that can help increase your activity levels in order to positively impact the symptoms of PTSD. If you’re in the area and taking the 4-Week Challenge or committing to living a more active lifestyle, drop in or visit their website at www.CrossFit3000.com . Thank you CrossFit 3000 for stepping up and being willing to use your passion to help positively impact those in need. If your gym is interested in becoming a partner please visit our “Partner with Us” page (www.operationrsf.org/partner-with-us/) to read about what it takes to partner and fill out the contact form.
The vagus (Latin for wandering) nerve is far reaching, extending from the brainstem down into your stomach and intestines, innervating your heart and lungs, and connecting your throat and facial muscles. Did you know that nerve fibers existing throughout your stomach and intestines are referred to as your enteric brain? That is because 90% of those nerve fibers connect back up to the brain through the vagus nerve. A key player in the body-mind connection, the vagus nerve is behind your gut instinct, the knot in your throat, and the sparkle in your smile. You can think of the vagus nerve as a two-way radio communication system helping you stay in touch with your sensations and emotions. What happens in vagus definitely doesn’t stay in vagus. Activation of the vagus nerve keeps your immune system in check and releases an assortment of hormones and enzymes such as acetylcholine and oxytocin. This results in reductions in inflammation, improvements in memory, and feelings of relaxation. Vagus nerve stimulation has also been shown to reduce allergic reactions and tension headaches. Practices that regulate the vagus nerve are aimed towards either relaxing or re-energizing ourselves depending upon what is needed to feel “just right.” source: www.drarielleschwartz.com Thanks to @arielleschwartzboulder @heartsoulrmt for the content
A vivid description of what Hypervigilance feels like. Hope you can share it with others to help them feel a bit of what sufferers may go through. Coping with Hypervigilance Through therapy, you may learn new ways to cope with episodes of hypervigilance and anxiety. Here are some strategies that can help: 🍂 * Be still and take slow, deep breaths. 🍃 * Search for objective evidence in a situation before reacting. 🌿 * Pause before reacting. 🌾 * Acknowledge fears or strong emotions, but don’t give in to them. 🌱 * Be mindful. ☘️ * Set boundaries with others and yourself.
“His laughter only lives in my memories now” I thought as tears trickled down my cheeks. My daughter asked me the other day “mom, why is dad always so mad?”. As I searched for the ideal words to respond to my darling girl, I was left speechless. How do I explain to my seven year old daughter that her father lives with a disorder that has broken his spirits. There is no words, only heartache. Instead I responded by sharing memories of the happier days, the smile on her fathers face when she spoke her first words, and the sound of his laughter when we found out we were expecting little brother. From all the hurt PTSD has given us, and all it took from us, my children never knowing their father without the shadows of PTSD will always be the most tragic.
“I STILL NEED TO HEAR THAT VOICE Every time I call my husband and he doesn’t pick up, I’m taken back to a good place. A better time. Because when he doesn’t pick up, his voice mail does. Just a simple, to-the-point greeting, recorded many years ago. Many tears ago. The sound of his assured voice, before he was broken by PTSD, now breaks me inside. I can still hear his smile in that voice. And I still grieve for that man. I hope he never changes the recording. I still need to hear that voice.” - Leah Farrow (Huntsville, Alabama)