Trauma survivors hide from their feelings and emotions because of how overwhelming it can be to experience an emotion related to a difficult time in our lives.
I don’t think that acceptance is about pretending the abuse was not painful and unnecessary. I just think that wishing it never happened does not help us.
In this podcast Michael and Mags talk about resilience. How to become more resilient, and how those skills will help take the edges of life’s Big Stuff.
Even if you don’t have full-blown PTSD (and I sure hope you don’t), these can be adapted to help with any traumatic or high-stress situation.
They say that emotional abuse is some of the worse, because you are consumed by your own thoughts. Luckily, you can break the thought loop!
My early life was very confusing. I was always told off and yet most of the time I knew I had done nothing wrong. Being the daughter of a single mother I often wished that my father was there to protect me, but I didn’t know him. He left my mother before I could recollect any memories of him.
In this mini-podcast Mags flies solo for the first time, and shares some of her thoughts on the process of learning to trust again. When you are still reeling with the feelings of betrayal, who can you trust?
My forgiveness has nothing to do with them, and everything with me.
I truly don’t remember a time in my life when I did not feel shame. We’re not talking about the same thing as guilt.
When we talk about SwanWaters, we often explain it as a place of support and validation. There is a reason why we specifically highlight validation, because it fulfills a multitude of important functions in the process of recovery.