June is PTSD Awareness Month
This month we turn our focus to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and anyone having experienced individual and societal trauma. On June 27, we talk about PTSD, a complex disorder caused by experiencing or witnessing trauma.
There have been many traumatic events in our society as of late that may have impacted you individually/directly or vicariously in your community. For some of you, you may be grieving the loss of a friend or family member to COVID-19 or other illness; for others it may be changes in your family systems with partners or children, or aging parents. To be a realist, it is not too hard to reflect on something to grieve or memorialize these days; some things that come to mind are: our lives prior to COVID, grieving the loss of the safety we felt with regard to our health; or the freedom we had to socialize and linger in places without concern. Others may be grieving the loss of financial prosperity and comfort, working face to face in collaboration with co-workers, and feeling safe in the color of your skin or with your chosen partner.
More recently, your grief of all of those things may not yet be healed and we experience the complications of a world with unrest and violence which threatens our sense of safety at home and abroad. Our minds definitely extend to the children of our society. Are they safe in their schools? Why is there no cereal on the shelf? We may wonder if things will settle down and return to a more peaceful time. You need to nurture yourself to be able to endure and to preserve your mental health. Please don't forget to
Water your own garden!!!
Today We leave you with Two Quotes: One to Honestly Embody the Depth of your Individual Grief without Apology and with Love, Acceptance, and Self-Compassion. And Two: Permission to Live Life to the Fullest, Simultaneously with your Grief, Unapologetically and Authentically. We Are All Only Human. May you Still Experience Joy and Love in the Midst of Suffering…