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.
Even in my years of recovery, I still feel this emotional overwhelm. It’s a natural way of processing trauma, after all.
But how, in the midst of such intensity, can you survive it? Especially when you feel so alone?
It’s important not to stop the emotion from coming up. Your body and mind know you have the strength to handle it and, by feeling overwhelmed, you process it. You begin working through those emotions.
That doesn’t stop the intensity though. It doesn’t end the feeling of being the only person experiencing such anguish.
This episode remedies the loneliness you feel during these emotional surges. When you support yourself like this, you’ll have the strength to get through anything. Absolutely anything.
The type of support I share here is self-loving. It’s unconditionally accepting, supportive, and caring. It’s all about how you can show up for yourself, in the middle of emotional crises.
Time and time again I’ve done this with myself. It’s saved my life, honestly, and I hope it can now help you find peace in the midst of feeling overwhelmed.
Feel incomplete? Watch Authenticity, Self Love, and Feeling Broken to heal.
Emotional pain can feel unbearable, especially when flashbacks, anxiety, and anguish all rise at once. It is tough and I’m not discounting that. But, there are ways to make it easier to handle—like the ones I just shared above.
If this episode impacted you, I’d absolutely love to hear from you.
What pain are you afraid to experience, and how can you build up the courage to face it? How can you better show up for yourself during these tough times?
And please don’t hesitate to share this video with a loved one! Any survivor you know probably feels this (and fears it), meaning your share could bring them so much peace.
Remember, you have so much strength. These emotions are intense, yes, but you are larger and stronger than them. Your heart can beat with love, compassion, and support during these trying times. You will pull through.