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.
Those who laugh at your insecurities, don’t care about the darkness you had to go through. Not because they are insensitive, but because they are so caught up in their own inner pain and turmoil.
Those who hurt others are only acting out their own inner pain, whether they know it or not. Forgive them without words, hold nothing but compassion in your heart for them and set yourself free.
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.