“3 Ways to Recover from Abuse at Home “

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“3 Ways to Recover from Abuse at Home “

Trauma of any kind can have severe effects on the psychological wellness of a woman. Some psychological effects include PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

But, without proper treatment, these psychological effects can lead to physical symptoms like headaches, tremors, and even seizures.

Remember, we are all on a journey to healing, so be patient and kind to yourself.

Woman looking out on blue water from up high.
Healthy woman looking at the water from up high

 Meditation

If you decide to adopt a single practice from these three, please choose meditation.

Meditation is what started my wellness journey and I’m eternally grateful to Jesus for leading me to it.

You read that correctly. I said JESUS.

Group of young women meditating
Group of young women meditating near the water

I admit I was a bit apprehensive because there’s some common misconceptions about meditation, especially among Christians.

These include false statements like meditation is only for Buddhists, Christians aren’t allowed to meditate, and that meditation is for a certain type of person.

 Meditation does one very important thing_ it expands awareness. This means it makes you more discerning regarding your mind, body and spirit and it deepens your connection to the world and those around you.

This is key in recovery from abuse.

When a woman meditates, she is given the opportunity to feel her feelings and to observe her thoughts in an unreactive and non judgmental way.

By practicing regularly, we can identify thought patterns and physiological reactions that were previously hidden by our trauma.

 Meditation can bring unconscious habits to our attention, so we gradually take action to heal and change.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy

Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy in which a woman becomes aware of negative and unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs.

It is usually administered by a psychotherapist in a clinical setting. However, if a woman is unable to see a therapist for financial reasons or otherwise, I’ve found a way to do it at home.

Meditation, plus scripture, plus the Holy Spirit make for effective cognitive behavioral therapy at home for Christians. 

Meditation leads to awareness, and the Holy Spirit points to what needs to be changed. Then, by reading scripture, the false belief can be replaced.

woman studying the Bible outside

 I’ll give you an example. A woman in an abusive relationship is terrified to leave her abuser.

She meditates, asks the Holy Spirit to guide her and reads Psalm 118:6.

 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Psalm 118:6 (ESV)

When she accepts this as truth, which may be immediate, or could take some time, the true belief replaces the false belief and she is able to free herself from that situation.

“…If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

-Jesus
John 8:31-32 (ESV)

Grounding

woman's feet on bare floor of forest
Bare feet of woman standing barefoot outdoors in nature, grounding and forest bathing concept.

Women who have suffered abuse often have conditions like chronic inflammation, heart rate variability, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and chronic pain.

Grounding helps remedy these issues by offering a renewed supply of free electrons, which also means grounding has an antioxidant effect by neutralizing free radicals in the body.

 Grounding can improve immunity which is sometimes compromised in women who have experienced abuse.

Have you tried any of these techniques? What do you do to live and feel better? We’d love to hear your story. Leave us a comment below or email us at hello@elijahessentials.com

Until next time, THINK, FEEL, ACT, HEAL.

Much Love, many Blessings, Jesus is Lord. ✝️

Please check out our complementary video for this post below.

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Chevalier, Gaetan., Sinatra, Stephen T., Oschman, James L., Sokal, Karol., Sokal,  Pawel (January 12th, 2012). Earthing: Health Implications of Recconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. J Environ Public Health. Retrieved from:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/#:~:text=Earthing%20(also%20known%20as%20grounding,the%20ground%20into%20the%20body

Conscious Spaces Ltd.(August 12th, 2020). Get Grounded: The Surprising Benefit of Being Barefoot. Conscious Spaces. Retrieved https://consciousspaces.com/blogs/science/get-grounded-the-surprising-benefits-of-being-barefoot

Ethy Dorrepaal, Kathleen Thomaes, Adriaan W. Hoogendoorn, Dick J. Veltman, Nel Draijer, & Anton J. L. M. van Balkom. (2014). Evidence-based treatment for adult women with child abuse-related Complex PTSD: a quantitative review. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 5(0), 1–18. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.23613

Griffin, Katherine., Miller, Richard (ND). Reflections of Peace. Yoga Journal. http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=05a03628-29ea-43e4-9570-e480fb2afd52%40sessionmgr101

Isaacs, Nora (February 2012). A Beautiful Mind. Yoga Journal. https://www.scribd.com/article/449180841/A-Beautiful-Mind

 Mayo Clinic (April 30th, 2021). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cognitive-behavioral-therapy/about/pac-20384610?p=1

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