An Adult Child Abuse Survivor’s Guide to the Holidays

DO NOT ABANDON YOURSELF. The holidays are a time for self-care too, take care not to repeat childhood patterns of ignoring your feelings. They matter. You matter.

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

Too late for Thanksgiving, but just in time for coping with the next round of holidays, I discovered An Adult Child Abuse Survivor’s Guide to the Holidays.  This article is so amazing : practical, empowering, empathic with just the right amount of humor. I love the key idea “Don’t Abandon Yourself”. Although written with adult survivors of abuse contending with families of origin, including perpetrators, it really could be invaluable for anyone from a dysfunctional family of any sort. Or even just  useful strategies for keeping in touch with yourself and grounded while dealing with anyone challenging for you.

I like this so very much I want to share an excerpt here. I highly encourage reading it in full. Tremendous thanks to Grace Davis for this gem of a resource.

First, and most importantly, this is the primary principle to follow when you’re in the presence of perpetrators and…

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