I believe that those who suffer from emotional abuse or trauma, will find healing to be a lifelong process. There will be better days and worse days, with hopes that the ratio of good to bad gets better as time goes on. On those worse days, I find it helpful to think of myself as an “Emotional Warrior.” A warrior faces overwhelming fears to battle an enemy that seeks to destroy. It takes all the warrior has to give in effort and concentration and hope to stay engaged in the battle. It would be far easier to lay down and give up, but that is the very hallmark of a warrior—they never give up. So when the enemy is threatening, when that familiar dark cloud darkens your soul, reach for the weapons you have created, and FIGHT. I have found such battles to be passing. When the battle is done, be sure to take some time to dress your wounds and rest, recharge your weaponry, and replenish your supplies. There almost certainly will be another battle coming.
How about the rest of you emotional warriors out there? What suggestions do you have for the battle? How do you “recover” and “prepare” when in between battles?