Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.


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Colouring is good for adults, and ‘Carl Jung recommended’ too for stress management :)

The following explains colouring is great for stress reduction and was confirmed by Carl Jung as a relaxation technique ūüôā

So, it’s a win-win-win for me!

My inner child loves it, it is great for stress reduction and relaxation as an adult and good for PTSD stress management!

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html?utm_hp_ref=arts&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000030

Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power.

The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. In fact, publishers have lately been launching coloring books specifically for adults. The trend is alive and well in countries in Europe and North America. Most recently, in Spain, the publication Espasa published Coloréitor, with illustrations by well-known cartoonist Forges.

Does Coloring Really De-stress?

One of the first psychologists to apply coloring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. J√ľng in the early 20th century. He did this through mandalas: circular designs with concentric shapes similar to the Gothic churches‚Äô rose windows. They have their origin in India.

When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Mart√≠nez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

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I don’t have to invite anyone who doesn’t feel safe…into my home for dinner..

I cannot at the moment,¬†tolerate people with very unhealthy minds and attitudes and I can now appropriately -, remove them from my life. I don’t wish them harm, I don’t hate them. I accept they have issue and I have empathy,¬†but their particular issues are very triggering and upsetting to me. For¬†huge¬†reasons.

And even in the future, they are not the types of people, I will choose to have in my life. Because I have had too many unhealthy, hurtful people cause me harm. Too much chaos, too much abuse, too much manipulation, too many lies etc.

People will have to meet a certain level of healthiness to be in my life, from now on.

So, I have decided to see this as something similar to a comment I saw..

‘I¬†can accept there are people in this world who have issues, I accept they have reasons for that, they still have value……but I don’t need to invite them into my home for dinner.’ Continue reading


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Well, I have definitely hit my limit of intellectual processing… :)

Yesterday¬†at my counselling session, we discussed Transactional Analysis psychology and C.S. Lewis’ book – The Screwtape Letters.

Oh boy….I’ve only researched and read up a little about each and I already feel like my head is going to explode!

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If I was a prideful person, I could blame this on my poor PTSD brain…

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But, I am honest in saying….I have reached my limit of intellectually struggling to take it all in!

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Going to need to take this slowly methinks.

Either that, or I need someone to explain it all to me.

Maybe I should take it¬†a little easier in¬†starting to read C.S.Lewis’ work……

By reading something a little more in my level…

The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe !

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