Friday, March 13, 2015


People have a superstitious fear of Friday the 13th and often face the date with trepidation.

Surviving trauma can be like this. 

In general, we often tend to fixate on the negative, getting overcome with worry and dread. And when dealing with the all too real aspects of a traumatic event, crisis, or illness, darker thoughts can creep up on you to the extreme. With so many bad days to get through, you can find yourself wasting the good days waiting for the other shoe to drop. This fear, whether rational or irrational, can be paralyzing.

But, you can't let these figurative Fridays stop you from enjoying the Thursdays and Saturdays. 

For every bad day, try to remember the last good day and focus on the next good day to come. Close your eyes and imagine an elevator panel missing the 13th button. (A lot of them actually don't even have one.) 

See it as a survival metaphor. Allow yourself the relief of envisioning the better days and skipping over the bad ones. Because, there will be better days. There will. Breathe brave one inhale at a time.

It can't be Friday all the time. You will make it to the weekend.

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