Go for it

Hardest thing for people with PTSD is to believe that there is anything left to give.  I felt used up. Worn out. Burned out. Down and out.  The thought there is anything more to give is sometimes hard to believe.  The moment I stood up for myself and decided there was more to life than…

Feeling Stupid

One of the more unpleasant emotions is feeling stupid.  Ever thought of that as an emotion?  It has to do with how you feel and it often motivates a person to quit, give up, hide, or feel inferior.  PTSD arranges many opportunities to feel stupid.  One of the ‘glitches’ of PTSD is a gap in…

Break out the crayons

The coloring craze hit main stream.  Adult coloring books are sold where ever I shop.  Fabric stores, department stores, even food stores.  This article suggests new ways to loosen-up with art using bilateral drawing or what I call two handed scribble pictures.  By the way, Chihuly uses this method to create art.  http://www.chihulyworkshop.com/chihuly-drawings.html   https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201509/bilateral-drawing-self-regulation-trauma-reparation…

Learning from a child

An important part of surviving PTSD is allowing myself to experience missed childhood adventures and feelings. Early in my life I was trained not to feel emotions.  When I started feeling my emotions I spent much of my time trying to name them and understand them.  I looked at each one from every angle.  I…

Battle of the mind

In some situations, there are limits I can’t change.  There are problems I can’t fix.  There are choices by other people, I can do nothing about.  If I sleep more, the nightmares will come, not perhaps, not maybe but come without fail.  If I work my self to exhaustion, my body will collapse, it does…

Laughter

A beautiful survival tool is laughter.  Turns tears into something quite funny or odd.  I often joke that I can laugh or I can cry, laughing is more fun.  When we we got Reader’s Digest in the mail, I read all the jokes first.  I bought joke books.  I grew up watching comics and funny…