SELF CARE for me was a foreign concept...

 

For most of my life I felt uncomfortable in my skin. I was reactionary, my startle response was wicked high, I had low self esteem, had brain fog, always had heartburn and escaped through television. I also avoided things that I made me uncomfortable.

It wasn't util college when I first discovered exercise that I began to feel normal. I felt good! I loved laughing and moving to music. This was huge!

I'm a survivor of childhood sexual assault and I TRULY believe exercise saved my life. I felt good for the first time in my skin and I didn't have a hangover the next day.

 

I began to teach and it became my hobby (ritual). What I noticed was, when I didn't exercise, my symptoms came back. Over the years I've acquired a long list of nice-to-have and need-to-have practices in my wellness toolbox. 

Self Care looks different for everyone. What's in your toolbox?

The best gift we can give to our children is to take care of ourselves....but with childhood trauma. I keep hearing myself say,"I don't know what I don't know..." There lies the glitch...most of us don't understand what childhood trauma does to us and how it shows up in our adult lives.

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