By Eleanor Beeslaar

Recovering from abuse and trauma takes time. Healing is not an overnight process, and it is filled with ups and downs. If you notice yourself having a bad day or are feeling stuck, try your best to refrain from negative self-judgements. Be kind to yourself. You deserve grace and patience. 

Every survivor has their own timeline for recovery. Know that it’s okay to take your time and every victory, no matter how big or small, is a step towards growth, progress, and healing. You have already come so far, and your strength and courage will continue to carry you forward as you move through your process of recovery.

An important piece of giving yourself grace and patience is engaging in self-care. Take time out of your day to take care of yourself. Reflect on the things that bring you joy and nourish your soul. Some examples of self-care include reading books or engaging in quiet reflection, going on a walk, exercising, talking to friends, or listening to music. Remember, self-care looks different for everyone and is unique to each person’s circumstances, interests, and needs. Find what works best for you!