The problem is, for trauma survivors, our warning system is on all the time.
Why is it a struggle to reach out and talk to our guy friends about personal, sensitive subjects?
As a child of a Narcissistic parent, you haven’t felt seen, you haven’t been heard, everything was always your fault.
It’s always important to put yourself first when dealing with a narcissist.
Little did you know, Petals, that things were not always as they seemed when it came to me.
Once you let the world know that you are not ashamed of your past you are not only helping yourself but others.
As if you weren’t already overwhelmed, now the past makes things even worse.
Consider this your indoctrination into the world of 3 dudes sitting around discussing advocacy and mental health awareness.
One way that it tries to disguise itself is to try to make you think that “you are your anxiety” and “your anxiety is you.”
This Journey that we are on, while it may not have an actual destination, is about a mindset and a confidence that is built along the way.
Her message of hope, and being a kindred spirit for childhood sexual abuse survivors, is shining a hopeful light for survivors.
All too often, rather than keeping an open mind and not prejudging, we decide it’s better to just not try.
One of the most important things we can do as survivors, is to advocate for ourselves by putting up and enforcing healthy boundaries.
Through an emotional roller coaster.
Anxiety wants us to feel like there is no hope, like we’ll never regain control, we’ll never feel “normal” again.
The more I isolated, the easier it was to stay silent. It was an unhealthy habit that I had found myself embracing without even realizing it.