Smiling though the pain – healing, self-care

Smiling through the pain is a category where you find blog posts related to healing, recovery, self-care, and overcoming obstacles in life.

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Powerful Self Care Tips for PTSD From Trauma Survivors

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year NAMI‘s message is ‘Together for Mental Health.’ With so many people experiencing mental health problems, I am using this time to bring a few of the voices of trauma survivors together to advocate mental health. I am so grateful that some of those who participated in …

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How Walking Has Helped Me With My PTSD Recovery – NAMI Guest Blog

I feel honoured to have had my article ‘How walking has helped me with my PTSD recovery‘, published by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is America’s largest grassroots mental health organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the many people affected by mental illness.  In the article, I describe how walking has helped my …

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5 Simple Self Love Ideas for the Perfect Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day, the season of love is here. We tend to be quite romantic when it comes to ideas for celebrating the day and spoiling our partner. But what about ourselves? You deserve love too, and not just from others. It needs to start with yourself. So how do you care for yourself during …

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Traumaversary: Ways to Deal With a Trauma Anniversary

I was getting nervous. It was just over a month before the first anniversary of my trauma that I started getting more emotional, anxious and overwhelmed. I was familiar with those feelings. I’ve always felt similar around the day that my mum passed away for years now. That’s when my mood usually starts to change, …

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How to Overcome Fears? Dealing With PTSD and Anxiety

  If you clicked on the link to open this post, then PTSD probably isn’t totally unknown terminology to you. I can’t say that I was ever particularly thinking about PTSD until it affected me personally. As I discussed in the previous post, I was diagnosed with PTSD at the beginning of this year. I suffered …

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Why is Patience so Important in Recovery?

During my recovery, I realised how little patience I have with myself. I have to honestly admit that hearing that I need to ‘take it day by day, step by step’ from all angles was an annoyance after a while. And yet, patience continues to play a critical role in my recovery. Why is this …

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