Hope can be the shining light that will cleanse your heart, mind and body

If you can find hope in your heart, you have found the most important key to your recovery.

No matter what you have been through, or how long you have hidden yourself under a thick blanket of anxiety and fear – hope can be the shining light that will cleanse your heart, mind and body.

Sooth yourself back into the present moment – your body is just trying to keep you safe

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.

Is it possible to feel better again?

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.

Mere shadows from your memory cannot harm you

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.

Take comfort in knowing that all it takes is one small step

The path ahead of you might seem rough an unpredictable – take comfort in knowing that all it takes is one small step. You don’t have to know the entire path ahead of you, just gently take one step at a time. One breath at a time.

Trust your gut, back away and say no

No. Just no. No justification needed. No explanation required. Just no. When something feels even the slightest bit off, trust your gut, back away and say no. When you say no to things that feel off to you, you say yes to yourself.

Time doesn’t heal all wounds – you do

Time may help fade some memories and aid in your healing process by giving you some distance from the painful experiences. However, time doesn’t heal all wounds – you do.

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