I still remember the day, five years ago, that changed my life forever. That’s the day I was involved in a traumatic event that caused me to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Life hasn’t been the same since.
Since then, I’ve had to navigate daily life with PTSD. It’s a tricky thing because some days I feel great and relatively normal until something triggers me and all of sudden I’m back there again. Experiencing flashbacks, having anxiety attacks and general emotional distress can really take a toll on you not just mentally but physically too.
At first, I had no idea how to handle my PTSD. So I turned to therapy and medication prescribed by my doctor as well as other forms of natural healing like yoga, meditation and reading books about mental health related issues and PTSD specifically. With help from those around me I slowly figured out ways to cope with it all better.
It hasn’t been easy navigating through life with PTSD every single day but with a support system of friends and family coupled with my own determination to stay healthy both mentally and physically (mind-body connection is huge) has helped get me further along on this journey. Each day is a new battle in reclaiming who I once was prior to the incident that changed everything. Moving forward bit by bit has truly been rewarding for me though it’s still work everyday!