What I Read This Week – Posts About Trauma, Chronic Pain, and Intention
I hope you’re finding some beauty in November. My participation in NaNoWriMo is sucking up my time and energy, but I wanted to stop in and share a few posts I enjoyed this week. The list is mostly about chronic pain, but there is one post about how childhood trauma can affect us, and another that’s focused on self-care in the cold months. Pick through and find what speaks to you. Take care. <3
Failure Is Optimal by Beating Trauma
In this post, Elisabeth explains how childhood trauma can keep us small, and fearing success. I especially related to the idea of seeking safety by being invisible. Trauma is tricky. Please be patient with those you know who are suffering (like me!).
Chronic Pain and Mental Heath: The Mind-Body Connection on GoodTherapy.com
The title says it all- our bodies and minds are connected, and quite complexly. I not only appreciated this post, but also the comment exchanges at the bottom. I like how people took the time to disagree, or agree, and share their personal experiences. Our journeys are autonomous, and all our stories are valid.
Why Laughter Is The Best Medicine For Chronic Pain by The Princess In The Tower
This post contains tips for self-induced laughter (I never knew this was a thing!), ways to encourage spontaneous laughter, and lists the ways humor can help us cope with pain.
Validating Your Pain Is The First Step To Getting Stronger by Danielle LaPorte
First of all, the dental issues Danielle speaks of? That’s me! I thought it was just me!!! I have an informed and helpful dentist, thankfully. This post says something important- if it hurts, it hurts. BAM!
Finally, with a snowstorm heading my way, it was wonderful to stumble upon this post by one of my favorite bloggers, Grace Quantock-
Grace encourages us to set the intention to find the best during the Winter months. She provides a template for a Winter Manifesto, which reads like a lovely self-care poem. <3
With that, I’m back to my NaNoWriMo novel! It’s a torrid tale- a twisted romance- and I’m 31,000 words in! Go me! \o/