When you are drowning in anxiety, when you are slowly suffocated by panic attacks – take a step back from the endless chatter of the world, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
Flashbacks are not real – your breathtakingly sharp worry is just your body trying to keep you safe from potential danger ahead. Potential – but not real. What is real, is this moment right here, right now. Keep breathing and sooth yourself back into the present moment. Show your body, again and again, that it is safe now.
One day, yes. Until then, one breath at a time. There is no timeline on healing, there can be ups and downs along your path for decades. That is ok. The only thing that matters is this moment, right now. Sooth yourself in any way you can, and be kinder to yourself.
Face your fear and realize that you have been afraid of nothing but mere shadows from your memory. Memories cannot harm you, no matter how real it might feel. Open your eyes, take a deep breath and rest in the present moment.
Sooth your numbing insecurity, comfort you trembling sadness and cool your burning rage. Take a step back and rest in your comfortable safe haven.
On days when it feels really hard, know that this is an excellent day for you to be kinder to yourself. The worse you feel, the more kindness, compassion and love you need to give yourself.
Hiding away from the world in your own safe haven may not take away the thing you fear, however, it may give you a moment of rest and relief which might be exactly what your body needs. So hide away, rest and refuel your energy – it is a vital part of your healing journey.
No need to hide your sadness or numb your roaring fear. Own how you feel and sooth that raging insecurity.
Who hurt you so bad it brought you to your knees and shattered your sense of security into a million pieces?
Who stole the joy from your eyes, tore the passion from your words and ripped the very zest for life from your body?
More importantly, how did you manage to get back up again?
One moment at a time. You are doing the very best you can. Give yourself a break, go slower and look for things that give you relief.
No matter how badly your body was treated in your past, your heart still beats for you.
No matter how long you have hated yourself – your soul still loves you unconditionally. You were born this way for a reason. In a society that profits from your insecurities, dare to love yourself unconditionally.