Stop engaging in old coping behaviors.
As you begin taking a closer look at your trauma experiences.
Don’t be surprised when you find yourself becoming upset and wanting to engage in old coping behaviors.
When you find yourself in this situation, the first step is to be mindful of these urges, even when your thoughts and feelings tell you to run away.
Being mindful of what is, regardless of how painful, is the best place to start.
It might help you to develop a sense of compassion for yourself for being where you are in life.
It might help you do something about it. It might help you head in a direction that will keep you safe.
You have already done the hardest thing.
You have survived the original painful experience.
Don’t you want to stop engaging in harmful behaviors and start moving forward to live your life?