Unpacking Hypervigilance

Thoughts Over Coffee ☕️ with Shanon from Surviving Childhood Trauma. Join me for a cup of coffee and some real talk about complex PTSD and trauma healing and recovery.

I needed a break … from reflection, from leaning in, from sitting in it, from writing about it, from seeking lessons in every single thing that I experienced.

I have done this a few times over my years of content creation and story sharing – disappearing from IG, my website, and facebook to take a break for rest, recharge, and rejuvenation.

Early on in therapy, boundaries with my time around work were a big part of my healing goals because I know full well that I burn myself out to please others. 

But this time has been different. 

A few weeks ago I hit a proverbial wall and shut down big time. I began to depersonalize because life felt too overwhelming working through the residue from my move.

I was completely depleted.

Just Topping Off the Tank

I take breaks just long enough to put a proverbial quarter tank of gas into a tank that is bone dry vs truly allowing myself to recharge.

Why do I do this?

Because hypervigilance tells me I am fine when I am not, to keep me safe.

When I first stepped away from social media, my mind was telling me to get back to it weeks ago. Weeks before I was fully recharged, weeks before I felt ready – all because hypervigilance was telling me that I had rested enough and I needed to fulfill my obligation to share and show up here.

So I intentionally pushed through the guilt and discomfort of feeling like I was letting this community down and instead focused on not letting myself down.

Resting From Empty

Resting from empty takes more time than just a day or two, and it is about more than literally resting my body. It is about resting my mind, my emotions, my nervous system, etc. It means doing the things in life that bring me happiness, inspiration, and comfort. 

Fully recharging myself and integrating the lessons I have been learning is not a process that can be hurried along, even if my hypervigilance tells me too long a break is dangerous.

I am learning to slow down. I am learning to feel safe putting myself and my health and wellbeing first. It feels so unfamiliar.

But I’m doing it.

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.

You can also book individual 1:1 peer support sessions with Shanon for private support in a closed space. You deserve support as you heal, and I am here to help. You don’t have to heal alone.

On the Journey Peer Support Monthly Package

As a part of this monthly support program you will gain access to all Survivor’s Circle Peer Support group support sessions every month as well as individual 1:1 peer support sessions with Shanon each month. 

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.

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