Let’s talk about 3 of my long time buddies—PTSD, Depression, & Anxiety .
For years these were my constant companions. I would wake up, go to work, come home (sleep/cry), drag myself to yoga, sleep. At the height of this I was having 2-4 panic attacks a day. Not to mention the night terrors, flashbacks, & inability to sleep most nights. It was emotionally and physically exhausting.
Through my experience I have found there are, on a broad & generalized sense, 4 types of people in regards to these issues:
1. people who have suffer from a myriad of these issues themselves. we can generally spot each other in a crowded room with little interaction. all of the sudden my have a new bosom friend who “gets it”. 2. people who love & support someone suffering from these issues & understand the daily battle of simply living.
3. people who intellectually can conceptualize these issues, but lack actual empathy. they may say things like, “you’re just anxious” or “i get sad sometimes too” (FYI these statements do not help)
4. people who don’t believe in mental health issues.
Now before I get a bunch of comments by well-intentioned individuals saying meditation will make you less anxious and yoga nidra can fix PTSD. I have to respectfully disagree. Typically, most Yoga for Trauma classes are NOT taught by mental health professionals. <Frighteningly, some Yoga for Trauma classes aren’t even taught by individuals with this certification and/or training, aka: do your research, pick well trained teachers.> Also, there are certain traumas & abuse that no yoga, meditation, relaxation class will ever heal.
With all that being said,
I HAVE HEALED MYSELF.
The short answer: I reprogrammed my brain.
The long answer: Coming in a post tomorrow.