Here’s what I mean. Your brain is hardwired to protect you. The part of the brain that takes over when you’re scared is the part that wants to keep you safe. At the same time, the parts of the brain you use the most are the ones you tend to rely on.
In the case of chronic abuse and trauma, the safety response is the part of the brain we use the most. It becomes our “default” setting. Unfortunately, the part of the brain that keeps you safe from abuse (survival mode) is not the part of the brain that helps you overcome the effects of trauma and abuse (healing mode).
You can see where I’m going with this, right?
You want to change. You want to heal. You’re more than ready. But your brain isn’t. It’s been in survival mode for years, and now it’s stuck.
What can you do? First, gather as much information as you can about healing and the healing journey. Next, put a strong support system in place.
Now every time you move out of your comfort zone on your healing journey, you’ll be well-prepared for the resistance you’re sure to encounter from your brain. It’ll freak every time. Count on it. Your brain will sound the alarm and try to convince you things aren’t that bad (yes, they are!), you don’t need to heal (yes, you do!), and you’re doing fine (no, you’re not!).
Information is vital during this phase. So is a strong support network. You need human validation. You need someone to tell you what to expect and how to break free when your brain panics and holds you hostage with old, toxic coping patterns.
Don’t give up on yourself, okay? Don’t allow your brain to talk you into backtracking or sabotaging your progress. Keep moving forward. Keep gathering information. Keep reaching out for support. It’s the only way to heal.
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