I am a firm believer that when you develop trust and respect within yourself, for yourself, it radiates outward. Having PTSD makes it difficult to know who you are. It makes it difficult to know how you fit into the puzzle pieces of your own life and sometimes even how you fit into your own body. There is a major disconnect that takes place and it's hard to understand where to even begin. Learning to develop respect for how you are feeling and the place that you are at in this moment can help to foster the development of trust within yourself.
As an infant we are at the mercy of the world and we instinctively trust our mothers to care for us. We also instinctively trust that we will be able to crawl when we first start wiggling our behinds to push ourselves forward. I believe that the innate abilities we have when we are born are all still part of us, but as adults who have had, many times, very extreme circumstances in our lives we forget that we have these abilities still within us.
Now I'm not suggesting we start blindly trusting as if we were infants, that just won't happen, but what I am suggesting is that you consider the idea that you once trusted yourself to move forward even when the odds were against you and when that toy was on the other side of the room smiling back at you....tempting you to push your tiny little body towards it. You are much more equipped now than you were then.
If trust is a goal for you, begin with yourself.
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