BELIEVE

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

About Me

I am a 28 year old single mom of a 9 month old boy. He is my world and my life. Before I was pregnant I was in a very physically and emotionally abusive relationship. My son gave me the strenght to leave that man to create a good life for my child. My life has now become a matter of protecting my child to make sure the pattern of abuse does not get imposed on him so he is a "benefit to society" not a "menace to society". I am in the midst of a court battle for visitation and child support and it is taking all that I have to stay strong for my son. His father harasses me every chance he gets and is trying to take control back of my life and I won't let that happen. Please note I am not a counselor or psychologist; I am simply sharing what I have learned through my personal experience and time through counseling and groups to recover from abuse.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
So now that you have some definitions and understanding of how our way of thinking helps our anxiety, I am going to describe an excercise that my counselor gave me to do. It worked great and I still use it to this day.

When you get upset and become anxious.
Write down what the event is
Write down the "negative thought definition" that describes what you are doing
Write down a positive thought to replace this negative thought.

Keep repeating this positive thought over and over and over. Try to focus on the positive instead of the negative.

Do this for every anxious response and event that occurs in the next week. You will see a pattern and you will see that this will help.

Good luck on becoming anxiety free! Remember, I am not a counselor, simply relaying the information and exercises my counselor has given to me!

3 comments:

MommaHarms said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am by no means an expert but I feel passionate about changing misconceptions, especially in the Christian circiles myself and my abused friend are in. I knew nothing about abuse until this past summer when my friend opened up to me, and I realized that I had a close famiy member in the same situation, yet no one did anything to help her because we were all so uneducated. I made it my goal to become educated, and I only hope my blog series can open some eyes.

Adventure Mom Janna said...

I'm so happy you got away for your sake and your sons. Abusers are absolute geniuses at control.

I just became a follower, and I hope your court battles are going favorably.

abusemom81 said...

Thank you for your posts ladies. I agree mommaharms: i am no expert either, but after what I have gone through I have become passionate about raising awareness and overcoming the misconceptions that are out there. So many people just have no idea what abuse is!! And there are sooo many unknowing victims out there suffering every day! That is why I have also started this blog and write articles etc. I want to raise awareness! If we stand together we can do it!

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