keep in mind what helps me may not help you and vice versa. also, our tools change and #keepingitreal they may not always work but it’s ok, we keep trying day by day
FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE OR TREAT ANY CONDITION, ILLNESS, OR DISEASE.
disclaimer: please consult your physician or mental health provider regarding advice or support for your health and wellbeing
take advantage of free support groups. virtual NAMI Connection groups have personally helped me to feel supported and remind me i’m not alone.
keep an eye out for learning opportunities via summits and conferences. most are virtual now and many are free! i’ve learned A LOT from top trauma experts this way.
it can be hard to figure out our path for fulfilling work that still allows us as survivors to manage our own healing journeys. i’m grateful to have found out about trauma recovery coaching (link below to certification training i’m pursuing) and peer recovery specialists (check your state as free training may be available)
it’s useful for trauma survivors to find tools and exercises to help calm our nervous system, stay grounded and connected with our body. keep looking for what works for you.
for example: i love to dance so dance fitness or random dance breaks are often my go-to for joyful movement. barre or stretching feels good to my body. nature is healing for me so hiking and beach walks are critical to my wellness. kickboxing sometimes helps me get angry energy out so that I can process my feelings and thoughts easier. notice i said sometimes. it’s ok and normal if our tools and practices don’t always work, just try again later or try something else!
had a couple major healing moments thanks to her Beyond Surviving group program. not easy work but highly recommended.
very informative and have personally learned so much from her YouTube videos alone
Each human has free will and decides for themselves what they believe and/or practice. My faith and knowledge found through my personal study of the Bible has kept me grounded, never feeling completely alone and a glimmer of hope always present even in the darkest of times. I truly believe I would not still be alive and trying without my faith and relationship with Jehovah God, knowledge of why there is suffering in the world and his promises for the future. I’m sharing this resource just in case someone is interested but in no way am I pushing anything on anyone. Again, your faith and spirituality is your choice. The world is a better place when we respect each other’s right to choose.
mental health + trauma warrior
about Viviana, aka Viv👉🏼complex trauma survivor turned mindful life warrior learning to thrive. trauma-informed. trained trauma recovery coach and peer recovery specialist. bilingual (span/eng). chicana. creative. deep thinker. joy seeker. christian/jw. daughter + eldest sister. wife + dog mom.🐶🐶 forever learning.
Northern Cali transplant now in Rhode Island by way of rural Nevada. Napa-grown and miss the beauty of the Napa Valley wine country. Miss stargazing, wild horses and exploring the Nevada desert in our Jeep. Now loving beach walks, hikes and exploring New England. Have learned to look for the beauty wherever I am living.
day job: trauma-informed nonprofit marketing supporting children’s and adult behavioral health