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That Is My Fault

Relationships with PTSD are hard, and not the least because PTSD isn’t a constant, it’s a changing condition. For me it got worse before it got better, but that’s the overall picture. I can go weeks without severe symptoms, or I can’t go two days without severe symptoms. And I never really know which it…

Strengthening Your Wrists

I recently heard Adriene Mischler say that when we start out in yoga, we often notice and say that our wrists are weak or that they aren’t able to hold us up. Many yoga positions require you to hold some, most or even all of your body weight on them. For yoga beginners or those…

Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

If boundaries are new to you, or new again (because if you live with PTSD you’ve had your boundaries obliterated and may need to reestablish them), here’s where to start. I had no idea what “boundaries” meant, at least not in the terms I was hearing them used. I had been called a people pleaser,…

Managing PTSD: Keep Showing Up

Continuing to do things that aren’t working isn’t a path to successful recovery or management of post-traumatic stress, and there are a lot of things that don’t work. But there are things that consistently do work for many – meditation and breathing, yoga, EMDR, drum circles and theater (not kidding, read The Body Keeps the Score…

Working with PTSD: Why a Schedule Matters

Getting myself on a schedule was a challenge last year. I like to wake up naturally, and sometimes that’s my only option, because when my brain wants sleep, it will sleep. I’ve found that having a schedule that mixes external obligations with internal goals is working for me this month. Yesterday I was feeling really…

1% Better Requires a New Yoga Mat

My 1% is a little longer than a week this time, but includes a few elements. Every day I’m checking my HRV when I wake up, doing a guided meditation, practicing yoga (and I mean practice cause I’m not very good at it) and I’m working at least 45 hours a week. Whew! This is…