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I feel like I am doing all the things:
I am making space for all of my big emotions: anger, grief, fear;
I am trying to accept all of my responses and actions as they happen for what they are and giving myself grace through this life transition;
I am doing my best to catch reactions and redirect my behaviors;
I am expressing my emotions, my needs, and my wants;
I am working hard not to shame myself;
I am being patient with my process;
I am trying hard to settle into my new home;
I am being intentional with my days and doing my best not to lose myself to dissociation;
I am staying in touch with family;
I am visiting with friends;
I am talking it out in therapy;
And I have a list of solo activities that I do when the mood strikes or I need alone time …
And I still feel like crap. 😮💨
The Reality of Coping With Transition
I miss my old home terribly, I am struggling to adjust to my new neighborhood and neighbors, and I feel like I’ve been under this cloud of grief, stress, and string of emotional flashbacks from childhood for nearly two months now. It is so easy to become frustrated, to feel like I am doing something wrong, and to fall into a depression that falsely tells me life will always feel this way.
I am clinging to the fact that I trust my process, that I have been in this space of deep activation before, and I have the ability and the inner strength to weather this storm.
I just don’t always feel in my body what I know in my head when I am working through my childhood wounds, and closing the gap between the two is one of the most uncomfortable spaces to be in.
It’s said that urgency is a trauma response, well I get it – patience is full of discomfort and uncertainty – but alas, here I am, patiently working my way through the discomfort one day at a time because I deserve it! 🔥
Healing is teaching me once again that it isn’t about making it stop, it is about making it through.
On goes the journey 💪🏻❤️🩹
Looking for Ways to Connect With Other Survivors and/or Receive Support as You Heal?
Survivor’s Circle Peer Support Groups might be just what you need.
These small groups meet on alternating days of the week via Zoom. In these groups, survivors connect, share, and support each other through the ebbs and flows of healing. Attend a session and experience the magical healing that happens when survivors connect and support each other through shit only we can understand.
Hi, I am Shanon
I am a trauma informed, trained, and Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Wisconsin. I am also a survivor with years committed to my own trauma healing after being diagnosed with (C) PTSD due to childhood abuse. Additionally, I have a professional and personal history of community facilitation and peer work.
I specialize in helping survivors like you make connections between real time experiences and past trauma wounds, identify and communicate boundaries, create self-care plans that work, navigate big emotions and trauma responses, reparent your inner child, and embody your own self-worth through the healing process with confidence and personal empowerment.
These support groups and 1:1 peer support sessions should not replace professional therapy; they will however provide additional support and information.