life

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How to Relax Your Body and Mind Without Feeling Guilty – ReelChat Guest Post

Summer is starting to knock on the door, a time of holiday, rest and relaxation. Or at least it should be. However, how many of us remember an occasion when a holiday turned into a nightmare rather than being the period of peace and tranquillity that we hoped for? It is, however, possible to prevent …

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Living a Meaningful Life Without Children – Tutum Journal ‘Joy’ Issue Guest Post

Life doesn’t always go in the direction we want or imagined that it would. But who said that we can’t discover the purpose and meaning of life whilst pursuing plan B? When a friend of mine told me that after several unsuccessful attempts to conceive a baby they were giving up, I could hear the …

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The Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adulthood by Wanda Lopez

The Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adulthood by Wanda Lopez | PTSD: My Story Project #011 Trigger warning I have chosen to participate in the PTSD: My Story Project to raise awareness of the effects that childhood trauma can have on trauma survivors in adulthood. We hear the word PTSD and only think of soldiers, …

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Could Vulnerability Actually Be Our Strength? – Examine This Moment Guest Blog Post

It has been a year since I started going back to the gym. Although recently, my visits have been very infrequent due to ongoing pain and illness, I was back today. I remember a year ago when I went back to the gym for the first time since my accident. It ended with tears, and …

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How to Heal Yourself: ‘7 Keys To Self-Healing’ A Trauma Survivor’s Guide

New Year, New Me, or so I thought at the beginning of last year. It was just over a year since the accident which changed my life in a split second. It wasn’t just the accident itself causing my nightmares, suddenly all the gloomy thoughts from the past that I had swept under the carpet …

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Mindful of Christ’s Virtual Summit: Overcoming Negative Mindsets and Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

We often think about the ‘what ifs’ in life and how our lives may have turned out differently if only certain things had not happened. And when our actions have negative consequences, we blame ourselves for them. We give the green light to the negative thoughts in our heads, and they take over. Sounds familiar? …

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Acceptance and Finding Purpose After a Traumatic Accident – Crash Support Network Guest Post

It is exactly two years since my accident. If you have been following me for a while then you will know that it was that accident which changed my life in a split second. My journey since hasn’t been easy and finding acceptance has been one of the hardest challenges I have had to go through in …

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Positive Thinking: Can It Cure Your Illness?- RallyUp Magazine Guest Post

A few months ago, I received a recommendation for a book that described how the power inside us can heal any disease. It went on to explain how our positive thinking could affect the outcome of any illness we may be suffering from. So then I started to wonder. I am a positive person, after …

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Writing and PTSD: How Writing Is Helping Me to Cope With PTSD – PTSD UK Guest Blog

If you have followed me for a while you will know that I was diagnosed with PTSD after my accident. You may also know that it was after the accident that I returned to my passion, writing. And recently I have shared my story of how writing has helped me to cope with PTSD on …

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