As Christy explained yesterday, Survivor's Guilt is the struggle within ourselves that we're thankful we survived a traumatic event, while others perhaps did not survive. This week we not only want to explain Survivor's Guilt, but how to process and work through it. Recognize The Strengths You've Used in The Past
After a crisis or extremely stressful time, it's normal and common to feel emotionally fragile. It's times such as this when it's beneficial to recall how you've overcome other times of crisis and stress. What strengths got you through those times? Keep in mind those qualities will once again help you be resilient this time too.
Whenever I'm facing a stressful time, I recall the year my father passed away. I remember the strength, prayer and support from others (we'll talk more about that on Friday!) it took to help me survive that time. I always remind myself, "If I could get through that, I can get through this."
Please check back in as we'll give more ways to cope with Survivor's Guilt over the rest of this week. Thank you for reading.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.