I feel it again.
That pull towards silent withdrawal.
The feeling of disconnect, unfamiliarity, and complete loss of direction.
The last six weeks have been so unbelievable stressful.
A work situation crashed and burned (Repeat Behavior Pt. 1: Work), a friendship must end (Repeat Behavior Pt. 2: Friendship), and I have navigated some of the hardest trauma anniversaries of my life.
The monologues running in my head.
I wrote not so long ago, about how I blog in manic episodes; when everything in my head becomes too much – I unload it here with reckless abandon. I bare my soul until I’m spent and breathless.
Then I withdraw into the safety of my own mind and recharge. Avoiding any and all additional stimulation to the emotions and thoughts I am experiencing.
For how long this time? Days? Weeks? Months?
I realize with a new awareness of this cycling of my trauma brain, that each time I re-emerge from withdrawn avoidance, I have new connections, strengths, and understanding about myself and this journey.
Doesn’t make it any less unpleasant, fatiguing, or challenging.
I don’t want to walk about from my blog again. The connections here can sometimes feel like lifelines – letting me know I am not going crazy. Reminding me I am not alone. I don’t want to disconnect from my family and lose time away from my present.
So today, I am ignoring the pull to sit on the couch and disappear for the day. I deserve more than that out of life.
Instead, I am validating that feeling, honoring its part in my recovery process – and now I am going to consciously work on re-writing this tendency.
Which means working on some pieces I’ve already started writing to keep myself focused and engaged.
Wish me luck!
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Avoidance is my go-to unhealthy coping mechanism, but so far I’ve been able to not let it affect my blogging much.
I am hoping to use my blog as a tool to fight it, as a medium to recognize and process my tendency instead of allowing it to take over.
Wishing us both luck! 😊💜
Great Post. I write when I’m having a rough time too. When my Anxiety/PTSD gets the better of me. It’s like having a public diary/rant. But it gets it off my chest in that moment like a quick release.
Good luck Shanon! Retreating into the familiar comfort of emotional shutdown is always an enticing response for me. The last 2 months has been super challenging and I find myself exhausted by the constant effort it takes to unlearn these unhelpful coping mechanisms. The realisation of just how many behaviours in need of focus is overwhelming – coupled with the memories, flashbacks, nightmares etc. It really is a very tough journey – it absolutely is. I think we are doing great 👍🏻