“Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is brave even if you stumble a little on your way out the door.” - Unknown
You can change your story
Change is always difficult, even when it’s what we want and a change for the better. We first must understand that it’s not just our physical actions that need to adjust, our way of thinking also has to be altered. Now even though the road ahead may be tricky to navigate, it’s essential to remember that we are the authors of our own story and have the ability to change it at any time.
The importance of changing your story
As you turn the page to a brighter future, focus on your overall health and well-being. Try not to dwell on past difficult situations and unkind remarks expressed by others. Negative inner thoughts can really wreak havoc on your ability to move forward. So how do you stop focusing on the past and begin to rebuild your life? Here are some helpful suggestions:
Self-care tips to help you on your healing journey
1. Positive affirmations
- Don’t let the “inner critic” within you sabotage the road ahead. These affirmations should be tailored to your insecurities and repeated throughout the day to disrupt harmful thoughts.
2. Heal the mind through the body
- Use physical exercise as an outlet for your emotions. Dancing, yoga and other activities can improve the health of your overall mind and body.
- Mindful breathing exercises and meditation can help you manage your emotions when thinking about past painful experiences.
- Having support from a mental health professional can help you heal from your trauma and offer support as you make steps towards a better tomorrow.
Resources for changing your story
There are many resources and organizations available to help on your road to recovery. See some additional tips, and a list of organizations with information on how to contact them, below.
Freedom Forever’s Employee Assistance Program
Freedom Forever's Employee Assistance Program, through Health Advocate, gives all Freedom Forever employees access to a licensed professional counselor to help with personal, family, and work-related problems. The toll-free number is 877-240-6863 and is a service available 24/7 at no cost. You may also log in to their website for additional information and resources.
Disclaimer: Any information contained herein is not intended to provide medical advice nor should be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare providers.