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 you to act uninjured around those that don’t understand.
These factors combined can make it difficult to take care of yourself. To truly respect your needs for rest, recuperation, and healing.
That’s why this episode is all about giving yourself permission to slow down. I was forced to do this when I broke my toe, and the positive effect it had on my PTSD was astounding.
This video is also about validating the impact of your trauma. When you were abused, you were hurt. You didn’t ask for that injury.
You survived the initial pain. Now comes the laborious process of healing. Just like any major injury on your body, healing isn’t always a pleasant process.
It’s inspiring when you see improvement—it can even be exciting. But it requires you to really take care of yourself. There is no way to heal when you neglect the rest you need.
Give this video a watch, to make sure you’re truly giving yourself the space to heal.
You are healing and your injury is as real as any broken bone. It doesn’t matter how long ago it happened—sometimes trauma takes years to heal from. No matter what rest you need, know it’s okay to take care of yourself.
Don’t forget to share this video with someone who struggles to slow down, too! Let’s show the world that rest is okay, especially for those of us with chronic illnesses, by inspiring one person at a time.
Also, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
What prevents you from resting when you need to? And, what commitment to rest more will you make today?
Remember, you have an illness—one you didn’t ask for—and you have every right to rest, slow down, and take care of yourself. It doesn’t matter what other people ask of you or tell you to do. If you need to rest, embrace it.