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Self-Care

It took me a long time to even think I was worthy of self-care. I remember in my early 20's, struggling to allow myself to purchase a shampoo that I liked, rather than the least expensive one that I really didn't like. It took quite a while to begin to give my own body, and my life, the time, energy, and value that I had longed for. I had been so de-valued that I didn't even know I could give myself value; that's called honoring yourself, loving yourself.

I recently found a friend, Patricia Sarmiento, who has graciously written more about self-care.

I love her ideas!

"Author Freda Emmons offers hope and healing through her book, Flame of Healing: A Daily Journey of Healing from Abuse and Trauma. This is a devotional book combining very tiny steps of healing, verses of the Bible, and a journal, for personal, in-depth healing.
 

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An In-Depth Journey of Trauma Survivors to Rebuild and Flourish


Embarking on the path to recovery after experiencing trauma marks the beginning of a transformative journey toward reclaiming your life. This process, while challenging, opens the door to a world of growth, resilience, and fulfillment. Embracing these key strategies and making them a part of your everyday life equips you with the tools to overcome the hurdles posed by past traumas, achieve your aspirations, and thrive.

Pursue Educational Growth
Consider the benefits of furthering your education through an online program, particularly with an online psych degree, which can open new career paths and improve your financial stability. Such an endeavor broadens your knowledge and skill set and offers insights into your healing process. This pursuit can be a decisive step toward personal development and understanding, providing you with the tools to thrive professionally and personally.


Enhance Sleep Quality
Ensuring you get quality sleep every night is crucial for your overall health and recovery. Establish a routine that signals your body to wind down, such as reading or light stretching, to facilitate a restful night. A tranquil sleeping environment, free from distractions, enhances the quality of your rest. Remember, rejuvenating from a good night's sleep is foundational to healing and facing the day with renewed energy and perspective.


Houseplants for Relaxation
Adding to the benefits of sleep quality, houseplants can significantly enhance relaxation by improving air quality, which creates a healthier indoor environment. The presence of greenery has been shown to reduce stress levels, promote a sense of calm, and boost overall mood. Additionally, caring for houseplants can be a therapeutic activity, providing a mindful break from daily stressors.

 

Cultivate Emotional Resilience
Developing a keen sense of self-awareness and empathy is instrumental in managing and understanding your emotions and those of others around you. Engage in mindfulness practices to stay present and connected to your feelings without being overwhelmed. Seeking support through therapy or support groups can provide a safe space to explore and process your experiences, aiding in the journey of emotional healing and resilience.


Reduce Stress

Incorporating stress-reduction techniques into your daily life is key to managing tension and fostering a state of calm. Practices such as deep breathing, meditation, consuming healthier snacks, or dedicating time to hobbies that bring you joy can significantly lower stress levels. These activities provide a respite from daily pressures and contribute to a sense of well-being and balance, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with greater ease.


Get In Your Exercise
Getting exercise by walking offers numerous benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, enhanced mood, and increased energy levels. A high Walk Score in your neighborhood makes it easier to integrate walking into your daily routine, encouraging a more active and healthier lifestyle.


Enhance Communication
Mastering the art of assertive and empathetic communication is essential for building and maintaining healthy relationships. Learning to express your needs and feelings while also respecting the perspectives of others fosters mutual understanding and respect. This skill set is invaluable in creating supportive networks and navigating social interactions confidently and gracefully.

 

Streamline Your Life
Developing organizational strategies to manage your time and tasks effectively can significantly reduce feelings of overwhelm and boost productivity. Whether using planners, apps, or other tools, creating a structured approach to your daily responsibilities can help you achieve your goals more easily and less stressfully. This proactive stance toward organization is critical to success and personal fulfillment.


Build Supportive Networks
Cultivating relationships with individuals who understand and support your journey is invaluable. Community activities or online forums dedicated to healing and recovery can offer a sense of belonging and encouragement. Surrounding yourself with positivity and understanding fosters an environment where you can grow and thrive, supported by collective resilience.

 

The Bottom Line
The journey to reclaiming your life after trauma is a testament to your strength, resilience, and capacity for growth. Integrating these strategies into your daily life lays the foundation for a future marked by fulfillment, success, and empowerment. Remember that each step forward — no matter how small — is a victory in your journey of healing and self-discovery. Your path to thriving is uniquely yours, and with commitment and courage, you will navigate it to its fullest potential."

Patricia Sarmiento, a former high school and college athlete, channels her passion for fitness and wellness into her health blog. She enjoys swimming and running, aiming to inspire others to live healthy lifestyles. Residing in Maryland with her husband, two children, and their Shih Tzu, she remains dedicated to maintaining an active lifestyle for herself and her family.

I'd love to add new ways of caring for yourself, such as my favorite, wonderful smelling body lotion. Send me your self-care ideas and I will add them here.                        fredaemmons@gmail.com

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