New Question of Week: Coping Patterns
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|Tue, 07-29-2003 - 2:20am|
Can you think of any behaviors you may have developed in response to coping with your abuse, that get in the way of everyday life for you now? What kinds of effects do these behaviors have on you? Some examples might be substance abuse or eating disorders to deal with pain, mistrust of people, hypervigilance, withdrawal from people in general, keeping yourself overly busy so as not to be alone with your thoughts, etc. In addition, can you identify behaviors like this that you have been able to overcome (or are in the process of overcoming) and get past? If you have, please share with us some of the steps you have taken that have helped you.
If you are in the early stages of your healing journey, you may not feel that you have overcome much at this point (that doesn't mean that you necessarily haven't, though), so if you don't feel that you can answer the last questions, that's okay! Try and focus more on the first question. When we can identify these kinds of things that are holding us back, we are one step closer to living our lives more freely.
Feel free to "think out loud" here! It's kind of a thinker. I hope everyone here has a good week.
Hugs to all, Heidi