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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...

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...

The Mental Health Recovery You’re Guaranteed to Reach

The Mental Health Recovery You’re Guaranteed to Reach

If you can’t reach a place of mental health recovery, it’s because of one single mindset. Your version of recovery is not the right one for you. There is a place of mental health recovery you can reach. First, simply define what recovery means to you and you alone. You are guaranteed to reach it—so long as you’re realistic and willing to do the work. Recovery is diverse and unique. We all live with different mental...

Feeling Grateful in the Midst of Struggle

Gratitude is good for us, but how the heck do we foster an “attitude of gratitude” when life is super tough? When it’s hard to get through each day, the last thing we want to do is count our blessings. Feeling grateful seems nearly impossible. Gratitude is even more important when life is hard. This is when we need it the most. Feeling grateful is not about erasing the hardship from our life. It’s important that...

Finding freedom from the fear of failure

Finding Freedom from the Fear of Failure

Failure is a natural and beautiful part of reaching our goals. It arises when we take the risks necessary to expand our lives, ourselves, and our world. This is why a fear of failure can significantly hold us back. It can keep us bound to a past we no longer want to be a part of. The fear of failure is so common because we see our shortcomings as a negative reflection on ourselves. We say...

Pulling Through a Depression Relapse

It is terrifying when our mental illnesses come back, completely out of the blue. We feel like we’re in the clear and then all the sudden we’re struck with a depression relapse or some other resurgence of symptoms. To add to the intensity, it always seems to feel worse than it did in the past. Our mental illnesses naturally come and go. It’s part of the healing process and—as we all know quite well—recovery is...

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