By Maureen Brady
I know and use tools to move away from stress rather than perpetuate it.
No one can avoid stress, yet we can help ourselves out of it by not getting stuck going round and round inside it and feeling victimized by being stuck. As abuse survivors, we may even be addicted to the adrenaline high of crisis, to protecting our anger, and to the wariness that comes as a natural response when we feel threatened.
But we rarely experience deep pleasure while in a stressed condition. We deserve a release from the rush of adrenaline and the imperative for self-protection.
I counter stress from various approaches. I talk out what is provoking me with a friend. I do yoga or some other exercise that takes me temporarily outside of my problem and gives my body another focus. I take a few quiet moments to make contact with my higher power and open myself to the flow of this wisdom. When I return to the stressful problem, it will still be there but my ability to work with it will be altered.
About the book
These 366 daily affirmations and meditations extend support and wisdom to women who have survived childhood sexual abuse. With understanding, compassion, and strength, the author addresses issues such as intimacy, fear, play, sharing secrets, and anger. She also shares her personal knowledge of sexual abuse to illustrate that we can not only survive, but thrive.
I have the opportunity to awaken fully to life regardless of my past.