Recovering from trauma is a process that takes time. It is perfectly normal to feel at times that “I can’t do this anymore.” That is part of the stress that arises from parenting through traumatic situations. However, in order to not get stuck there, you need to take care of yourself. If you are not good to yourself emotionally, you can break down emotionally and physically.
Helping your family navigate through trauma is stressful, draining and difficult, however it is not impossible and there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. Remember taking care of yourself during this difficult time is extremely important towards moving forward. Keep family and friends close to help yourself get back on your feet. Sometimes the smallest influence from someone else can be the greatest support you need. With the right mindset and support group, you will be capable of healing at your own pace.
Dr. Sue Cornbluth is a nationally recognized parenting expert in high conflict parenting situations. She is a regular mental health contributor for an array of networks and television shows such as NBC, FOX and CBS. Dr. Sue has also contributed to several national publications. Her new best-selling book, Building Self Esteem in Children and Teens Who Are Adopted or Fostered is available now. To find out more about her work, please visit Dr. Sue’s website.