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A reminder this weekend... Do not tolerate anyone who needs you to stay hidden, be small, or who keeps you/your relationship as a secret. This pattern is not unique to romantic relationships. We see such patterns in the workplace, between friends, and in parent-child dynamics. These relationships are abusive and create insecurity, shame, anxiety, and confusion in the partner who patiently waits to be seen. We often see the development or maintenance of eating disorder symptoms, substance abuse, and self-harm in the context of such relationships as the individual struggles to regulate emotions. @kim.saeed #narcissisticabusesurvivor #narcissism #abuseawareness #eatingdisorderrecovery #bulimiarecovery #anorexianervosarecovery #bingeeatingdisorderrecovery #suicideprevention #dbt #healthyboundaries #psychologist

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Abuse is never the victims’ fault. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise perpetuates and therefore becomes a part of the vicious cycle of abuse. The shame they pile onto you - put it down. It’s heavy and it doesn’t belong to you. That shame belongs to the ones that hurt you. Tap into resources. Get connected. Find a tribe to support you in your journey to healing. #youareworthit 🙋🏼‍♂️ Thanks for sharing, @crazyheadcomics!

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Reposted from @not.a.doormat - 🗝Abuse makes you forget about your own self-worth.🗝 .. It can twist your mind into believing that everything is your fault, that you have to put up with toxicity, and that love is supposed to hurt. .. You are worth being respected. You are worth being pampered and being understood. You are worth someone growing and learning with you through life. .. I was raised in domestic violence and because of that, I never really had any self-esteem. I lowered my standards so far that I ended up marrying someone just like my abuser thinking that it was love. .. You are worth more than repeated cycles of abuse. You are worth more than walking on eggshells everyday. I hope you learn someday just how valuable and loved you really are. .. .. .. #sadiariazofficial #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolence #domesticviolencesurvivor #domesticabuse #abusesurvivor #emotionalabuse #abusedwomen #abuserecovery #abuseawareness #abuseisnotlove #abuseisabuse #violenceagainstwomen #violenceprevention #emotionalabuse #emotionalabusesurvivor #breakthecycle #notadoormat #survivornotvictim #notavictim #traumarecovery #traumabonding #traumahealing #traumasurvivor #traumainformed #traumatic #therapy #counseling #domesticabuseawareness #domesticabusesurvior #abusiverelationship

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#artwithpurpose #photography #mixedmedia #inkart #abuseawareness #mentalhealthawareness #selflove #saynotoassholes #realshit #seeme #iseeinsideyou #trauma #healingjourney #blindedfamily I could go on for a long while. Pay attention to your loved ones if they have been traumatized. Don't turn away and cause them to get much worse and possibly end up feeling like they are left with only one choice. If you actually give a shit, be awkward, tactless, feel inadequate, but keep talking, stick around. Your loved one is suffering and many times these emotions don't come with a dictionary. the pain, whether coming from the an inner turmoil, a long forgotten experience ,if it's the result of something terrifying or something without explanation, know that this person is still the same, beautiful, intelligent, talented, funny, loving and loyal being they have always been and that it is the sickness you see. Look past it, love and care will heal those who are not left in the cold by ignorance, your ignorance and likely the reflection of your own self in the behavior you are sadly witness to. So, don't look away, keep your eyes open and listen to expression of pain you find so easy to applaud after a Bethoven concert, or Nervina, after reading a poem by Villon, a play by jean jeunet and the list goes on and on...

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“Are you safe here?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was lying on the table at a massage studio in a small town a couple thousand miles and several days away from the home I’d left, shellshocked and traumatized, after a feverish day of packing to the discordant rhythm of a steady torrent of abuse and violent outbursts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But the therapist didn’t know any of this. She only knew what she’d seen – me walking in, upbeat and friendly, not leaking emotion or story or tears. -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Yes, I am safe here.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She continued cradling my head between her palms. “Does he know where you are?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The air in the room sizzled with charge, a low hum at the base of my skull. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No, he doesn’t know where I am.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ No one knows where I am, no one knows what I left behind between those walls, no one knows the horrid words thrown at me with such rage that now bounce around within me with razor-sharp edges, trying to find a way out. No one knows.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After I was dressed I asked her, “How did you know?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She looked deep into my eyes for seconds that stretched out as long as a lazy river. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I can’t tell you how. I just knew.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She wrapped me in a hug then, that one-of-a-kind sort that you get only from a beloved grandmother, laying my head down against her shoulder. “You are strong,” she murmured. “You are so, so strong.” I began to sob, the ugly, snotty kind that you don’t normally do onto a complete stranger’s shoulder. But instead of withdrawing, she held me closer.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Something in me loosened, and emotions locked away for so many long months bubbled to the surface to be held within the safe space of this stranger’s arms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #survivor #abusiverelationships #emotionalabuse #domesticviolence #physicalabuse #sexualabuse #sexualtrauma #abuseawareness #domesticabuse #gaslighting #narcissism #daringgreatly #breakups #addiction #recovery #hope #selfworth #boundaries #californiagirl #empath #hananishanti #lovinganaddict #dating #selflove #makelovebetter #ptsd #traumarecovery #sunset #empowered

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🗝Day 7 of my 31-Day Emotional Intelligence Challenge!🗝 .. Did you know that a lack of oxygen to the brain can actually trigger a panic attack and activate your flight, fright, or freeze response? .. That’s why, when you’re experiencing an intense emotion, regulating your breathing can actually prevent you from having a full-on meltdown! .. Trauma and abuse survivors can experience “triggers” that open their senses back up to a traumatic event from the past. It’s like experiencing the moment over and over again at the drop of a hat! .. This can cause emotional immaturity because the hormones in our brains are becoming dependent upon the release of those stress-inducing chemicals produced during a panic attack. .. The next time you are experiencing an intense emotion and you feel your blood pressure rising and you feel short of breath, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Draw in deep, prolonged breaths through your nostrils and release the breath through your mouth. Focus on the movement of your diaphragm. .. Pause and give yourself whatever amount of time you need to decompress. Don’t react to things in this condition; rather, excuse yourself from the situation or conversation and go somewhere quiet. .. Don’t lie to yourself! Talk to yourself honestly and openly and admit to what you are feeling. Talk to yourself about what caused this feeling. Breathe. .. .. .. #breathing #breathe #breatheinbreatheout #breathedeep #emotionalintelligence #emotionalabuse #emotionalhealth #emotionalquotes #emotionalsupport #abusesurvivor #abusedwomen #abuserecovery #abuseawareness #abuseisnotlove #diffusing #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolencesurvivor #domesticabuseawareness #domesticabusesurvivor #traumarecovery #therapy #counseling #healing #healingjourney #innerhealing #healyourself #selfhealing #rainbowart #metoo #panicattack

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This was taken in February in Berlin when I first traveled to Europe for the first time. I had many first times this year and this was one of them. ⁣ ⁣ For years, I believed I didn't have a choice in life. Being a survivor of domestic violence and childhood trauma, I didn't believe I had a future, at least not a future I wanted. I was depressed most of the time but always put on a smile so no one knew I had suicidal thoughts almost every single day. I attempted suicide several times three years ago because life 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 so painful back then, I thought there was no other way out.⁣ ⁣ Then I decided I wanted things to change and the Universe delivered it all to me. I was led to an inner child healing workshop that literally started the whirlwind of change in my life. It wasn't easy, I had thoughts of giving up many times. I still get that thought of maybe it'd be better if I disappeared off the face of Earth, but I'm at a place when I'm able to tell the voice I can't possibly take the life of someone who's so awesome. (LOL) ⁣ ⁣ But jokes aside, if my suicide attempt had succeeded, I wouldn't be able to tell you my story here. But the fact I survived meant I'm here for a reason bigger than myself. If I hadn't gone through all that, I wouldn't have been who I am today.⁣ ⁣ So I'm here to tell you, you can do it too. The fact I'm here is because someone decided to reach out to me and told me I'm worthy of a better life when I didn't believe in myself. I hope my words get to people who need to hear this. You're worthy and you're loved no matter what. If you need help, get help. A therapist, a counselor or a coach. ⁣ ⁣ Tag someone if you think they need to hear this. ⁣ ⁣ I love you all!

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It’s total bullshit to do this to your kids and talk bad about one child to the others! More proof that a title of mom or dad doesn’t make someone a good parent! #scapegoat #flyingmonkeys #narcissisticabuse #narcissisticmother #narcissisticparent #gaslighting #abuseawareness #narcissism #narcissismawareness #triangulation #abusiverelationship #bullshit #toxicrelationships #toxicparents

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🗝Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your suffering or trauma or pain with someone else’s.🗝 .. Sure, what someone else went through may seem heavier and worse than what you went through - but pain and trauma are subjective. .. No one can tell you that they are hurting worse than you, or vice versa. .. Whatever you went through was the hardest thing YOU ever went through. Your pain isn’t less or more than someone else’s. .. I suffered for 24 years in a domestically violent home. If you suffered for 2, it doesn’t mean that your pain is less than mine or that mine is more than yours. .. Comparison is the thief of joy. But it is also the thief of peace, and healing. As long as you are comparing your pain or trauma to what someone else has been through, you won’t really be able to come to terms with your root issues. .. I don’t like the saying, “Someone always has it worse than you”. While that may be true physically speaking, I don’t think that it is a very helpful saying for people who are trying to heal from abuse or trauma. .. Trauma is trauma. Pain is pain. Abuse is abuse. We all have things inside that are hurting us and things that we need to heal from. .. Why not join arms, encourage one another, and share our testimonies and stories as a means of relating rather than competing? .. .. .. #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolence #domesticviolencesurvivor #domesticabuse #domesticabuseawareness #domesticabusesurvivor #trauma #traumarecovery #traumabonding #traumahealing #traumainformed #traumasurvivor #traumatized #notadoormat #emotionalintelligence #abuse #abusesurvivor #emotionalabuse #abusedwomen #abuserecovery #abuseawareness #abuseisabuse #abuseisnotlove #abusiverelationship #abusiveparents #abusiverelationships #mentalhealth #breakthecycle #yourstorymatters #ifmywoundswerevisible

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💢Friday #bookreview💢. I review books here because I know without them, I certainly wouldn't have come this far. . 💢The obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday is an enchanting, put the pedal to the metal type of book. . 💢Its a book that is honest with practical examples from real people who have faced insurmountable difficults but made it through anyways. . 💢It shows you what you have control over when faced with obstacles & does a detailed job showing how to go about it. . 💢I think its a must read for Survivors facing difficulties/ obstacles in their lives. . 💥I give this book a whopping 4.5⭐ out of 5 . . . . . . . . #abuse #emotionalabuse #abusesurvivor #abusedwomen #abuserecovery #lifecoachforwomen #lifecoach #abuseawareness #narcissisticabuse #stopabuse #healingfromabuse #recoveryispossible #recoveryjourney #recoverycommunity #recoveryrocks #recoverycoach #transformationalcoach #transformationstory #coach #coachingonline #coachwomen #stopcrying #prisonreform #prisonlife #teachings #churchgirl #churchcommunity #mindtransformation #mindrenewal

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This account will show photos of my life. The way I see the world. The good and the bad. The pretty and the sad. I will not use filters. I am here to keep it real. I am here to break all of the stigmas out there. I am going to normalize what people judge others for. So sit back, and know you are not alone. This is the end on my 6 month social media hiatus and I am ready to show the world the real me. #nofilter #noworries #breakthestigma #breakthesilence #breakthecycle #mentalhealthawareness #disabilityawareness #abuseawareness #lifeawareness #endthestigma

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Please read to fully understand where I’m coming from ✨🙌🏻💜 #tarot #crystals #intuition #healing #journey #life #children #childabuseawareness #abuseawareness #beavoice #lifecoach #helpingothers #guidance #positivevibes

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