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Here's how to stop seeking approval from others

Here’s How to Stop Seeking Approval From Others

This is your life—not anyone else’s. You’re the one meant to make empowered decisions about your dreams and your future. And yet, are you constantly seeking approval from others? It’s so incredibly common for us survivors of abuse to wait on an “okay” from someone else. To constantly be seeking approval, even when we’re fully capable of making these decisions for ourselves. This isn’t anything to be ashamed of. This all came from a simple pattern...

3 Fantastic techniques to improve your mental health

3 Fantastic Techniques to Improve Your Mental Health

You are not taking a step back in your recovery when PTSD comes back. When memories of abuse resurface. Truthfully, you can always improve your mental health even in the midst of the tough emotions of trauma recovery. The work you have been doing is still in play, even when it feels like you fell backwards. You’re always moving forwards—a part of moving forwards is letting your past come up so it can be healed....

Why your emotional strength is unstoppable

Why Your Emotional Strength is Unstoppable

You are so strong, whether you are happy or traumatized. Your emotional strength is unshakeable. You’ve survived so much and, even though this recovery is hard, I know you can survive it too. This entire video is a message about your infinite strength. It’s to inspire and uplift you, especially when you’re feeling weak or broken down. Emotional strength is not something that is only sometimes present. It isn’t defined by being able to force...

Conquer guilt and shame after abuse

Conquer Guilt and Shame After Abuse

Have you ever been hanging out with friends and your mind says, “why do they even want to spend time with me?” Or doubted that you’re worthy of love? This is all due to guilt and shame, the kind that hurts and harms us survivors nearly every day. How do you overcome guilt and shame? How do you see yourself in a loving light? First, you have to understand what they are. Guilt and shame are...

The most empowering quote for survivors of abuse

The Most Empowering Quote for Survivors of Abuse

Your trauma impacted you, but it does not shape your entire life. You can still live your dreams—even if it feels like it seriously damaged you. You are stronger than ever. This empowering quote from Maya Angelou proves that. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can choose not to be reduced by them.” We didn’t control our abusers. They hurt us and we couldn’t stop them. We felt powerless—we possibly...

Afraid of relationship conflict here's how to overcome it

Afraid of Relationship Conflict? Here’s How to Overcome It

Do you sprint away from conflict? When even the slightest disagreement happens, do you feel unworthy of that relationship? Maybe you criticize yourself or have a petrifying fear of relationship conflict? Whatever it is, it’s detrimental to your relationships. All relationships (even the most healthy relationships ever) have conflicts. It’s natural when two people interact. Yet, us survivors of abuse often fear it. And for good reason! In the past, conflict could have been very threatening....

How to stop feeling overwhelmed and alone

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Alone

Everything horrible seems to come up all at once. Your past flashes before you and unbearable emotional pain washes over you. You’re stuck feeling overwhelmed and totally alone in your pain. It’s my guess that every survivor of abuse faces this. Trauma hits like a ton of bricks, knocking you down and causing a surge of anguish to rise. It feels, in that moment, like you’re the only person on the planet experiencing so much pain....

How to ensure you only have healthy relationships

How to Ensure You Only Have Healthy Relationships

You deserve absolutely healthy relationships. People who treasure you just as you are, without asking you to change or be “easier to handle.” Individuals who love you, despite the wounds you carry from past abuse. I’ve cut out so many toxic people from my life over the past year. I’ve stood up to manipulation, disrespect, and just refused to tolerate anything less than healthy relationships. I had survived enough abuse. It was time I fought...

You'll heal when you take care of yourself

You’ll Heal When You Take Care of Yourself

The most powerful lessons in life come from the strangest sources. I definitely wasn’t expecting a broken toe to teach me something this incredible. Something I now hope will inspire you to better take care of yourself. Trauma recovery is exhausting. You’re recovering from a major injury, one on the inside. You can’t see the healing process, which can make it hard to stay motivated. Other people can’t see your hurt, which puts pressure on...

How to make a change even when you're afraid

How to Make a Change Even When You’re Afraid

One of the most difficult decisions I made in my life led to a rough break up—but I am so glad that I made that choice. When you make a change, something tough may happen. You’ll hurt for a bit, but then look back and see it was the perfect decision. It takes courage to make a change, especially when the outcome is uncertain and potentially painful. Change is scary! But, in order to live...

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