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.
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.
Does it matter if the road was once cold and barren, if the road you are on today is warm and comfortable?
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.
Every word a mindfull moment of pure focus. A reliefgiving moment when all those dark flashbacks dissolve. Writing is my guiding light out of the dark.
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.
If those you called friends were absent when you were drowning in despair, fill your heart with gratitude without them in your life as your zest for life slowly returns. Those who stayed with you when you shattered into a million pieces, showed you what truly matters in life.
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.