We all know about PTSD, a serious after-reaction to a truly traumatic event. read more
But, did you know that we often also have after effects from expected but painful, sad, or difficult life events?
(Obviously, not to the same degree, and if you really feel you are over-reacting then it's a great opportunity to talk to a professional!)
We tend to expect that when a difficult event is over we move on cleanly with no residue.
Because of this belief we often feel bad about ourselves when we continue to react some time after the event.
As a way of understanding what actually happens think about that after image we see following a camera flash - or perhaps the after shocks of an earthquake!
Very little in nature recovers immediately!
If we expect aftershocks they don't scare us and this actually can speed up recovery!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
Think about some of the major difficult events in your life:
A failed dream
A lost job
A death of a loved one…
Now think about how long it actually took you to recover.
How did you define recovery?