The following are some of the healing goals that are essential:
- Locating or developing an internal sense of safety.
- Building connection with self, the body, and emotions- through mindfulness and other mind-body techniques.
- Expanding the ‘window of tolerance’ for various emotions, so you are not constantly in either state of hyper-arousal (acute stress, rage, tension, and panic) or under-arousal (dissociating, disconnecting, feeling empty and depressed).
- Finding ways to cope when feeling overwhelmed, without resorting to avoidance or compensatory behaviors (overeating, overspending, and other impulsive habits).
- Learning to experience connection with others as enriching rather than tiring or threatening.
- Becoming aware of and finding ways to preserve your energetic boundaries.
- Neurologically regulating the nervous system in order to cope with day-to-day stressors and triggers.
- Lessening the impact of your internalized shame, and the voice of the inner critic.
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Such is the pain of growing up amongst toxic family dynamics, and childhood trauma, that it becomes exceptionally difficult to move on from it even in your adulthood. It might be difficult, but not impossible. Toxic family dynamics can definitely take some time to recover from, but if you take it one step at a time, you will be able to overcome all the pain and hurt that you experienced. Give yourself that time, and love to make sure that you achieve that.
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