Treating PTSD: One Last Word About JOY
Monday, November 30th, 2009 • Uncategorized •
I hope this idea of joy has given you a new concept of how to develop your quest for healing. It’s easy to get caught up in the work of post-trauamtic stress recovery — joy adds a touch of play, plus a touch of power when we need it most. And why not? You deserve those things, you are capable of feeling them, and you can use them to further empower your recovery.
One final thought about joy: It’s impossible to hold two opposing emotions at the same time. This means if you deliberately elicit a state of joy the PTSD state will have to take a hike! Isn’t that the goal…. permanently? Joy is part of making that happen.
BRIDGE THE GAP Exercise
OK, you joy seekers! Going forward joy should become a normal practice in your world. I promise you, the more you seek it, experience it, and make it a part of your life the more strong, empowered, and effective you and your PTSD recovery will become.
And now, for those of you who do not feel committed to the joy quest: What’s holding you back from taking the joy plunge? Today, think long and hard about what thoughts, ideas and beliefs stop you from taking this empowering step. Let’s work it out so you can get on with the joyful idea of becoming PTSD-free.
(Photo acknowledgement on Flickr.)