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Let’s Celebrate Our Weekly Wins: Big & Small!

Let's take a moment to celebrate the wins, big and small, from this week! Did you finally finish that project you've been working on? Aced that presentation? Or simply made time for something you enjoy? #MentalHealth #ADHD #EatingDisorders #Anxiety #Depression

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Grocery shopping for survivors.

You left out the difficulty dealing with triggers of being shamed by a parent for having needs. In my childhood I was shamed for needing shoes when the soles were falling off of my sister's and my shoes. When I told my mother, her respond was, "Well, there goes my new dress!" I replied, "Never mind, mom. Get your dress." And, I became a DIY cobbler at the age of 16. And, that's when I noticed the food rationing that lead to my other sister sneaking into the pantry; because, she was hungry. This was met with, "Since you kids can't keep out of the cookies, I guess I'll have to eat the whole bag so you'll learn not to sneak into the pantry anymore. And, if I get fat, it's YOUR FAULT!"

Try grocery shopping with a trauma-caused eating disorder! Try shopping while second-guessing yourself about your needs, talking yourself out of buying most of the things on your shopping list and completely avoiding aisles full of 'wants' like cookies, candies, and ice cream.

Grocery shopping for trauma survivors.



Grocery shopping for trauma survivors.

Many survivors struggle with how much trauma symptoms and responses complicate activities of normal, everyday living that many people take for granted.  One thing that trauma very often compli…
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Take a step back from your thoughts

I know we all know how easy it is to get caught up in negative thinking and how hard it is to get out. I used to think that I had to somehow fight my thoughts or force them away. But after practicing mental health exercises for so long, I've learned that a much better approach to overcome this challenge is to practice non-resistance to negative thinking and to practice passive awareness of it. Think of them like how if you watch a horror movie: you can be very engaged and feel the terror, but then you can also take a step back and remind yourself that you're simply watching the movie unfold, and then the terror doesn't have the same effect. If you remember to just witness your thoughts and emotions instead of getting engaged with them, does this bring you some peace? If it seems impossible, please keep practicing. This is possible, but it takes practice to be good just like everything else you've gotten good at in your life. Do you think you can incorporate this approach to intrusive thoughts in your life?

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~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

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