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People with PTSD looking to regain control of their lives are like warriors, always ready to take on the day. They are fueled by a deep desire to heal – a force from within that gives them energy to achieve their purpose.

They have learned to manage the unwelcome presence of PTSD in their lives by maximizing on their natural talents to help them develop the necessary skills to achieve full control of the symptoms and permanently heal from the impact of this debilitating monster.

But most people think that healing from PTSD is not possible. So, how do this group of people manage to find strength, courage, and energy to fight the symptoms?

People who conquer PTSD do so by developing the skills, techniques, and characteristics necessary to be successful. Here are a few of the things you can start practicing if you want to create a solid system of action that will make you unstoppable in your healing.

Believe in Yourself

Whether you call yourself badass, bold, brunt, or any other term, believing that you are a warrior against PTSD gives you the necessary confidence to keep fighting. To believe in yourself you must have the courage to put yourself and your healing first.

Intrusive thoughts and catastrophic thinking are among the biggest hurdles you will face because these make you second-guess everything and affect your actions and reactions. But believing in yourself gives you confidence that you have everything it takes to beat PTSD.

Without self-confidence, fighting PTSD symptoms will be an uphill battle that will sometimes tempt you to give up instead of finding a way to bounce back from failure. Believing in yourself will help you build resilience against PTSD.

Visualize Healing

Every successful person starts with a vision of what they want to accomplish. Achieving healing success against PTSD is no different.

Visualizing your healing gives you direction and helps you start walking the path to achieving a healing mindset. Having a vision of your “healing destination” gives you a strong reason to keep moving forward fighting like a warrior.

Once you have visualized what your healing looks like (to you), you will need to set goals to help you create a permanent system to achieve your dream: this is your plan to heal permanently.

As a PTSD warrior, you can look at your healing vision as your mission. Your job is to clearly define a path to achieve your Healing mindset.

Writing down your thoughts, ideas, goals, emotions, values, and even obstacles gives you a starting point to take action. It is also a good way to monitor your progress, allow you to celebrate success, and remind you of your final destination: permanently healing.

Commit to Healing

Healing from PTSD takes work, effort, dedication, and an open mind. If you are not fully committed to taking responsibility for your own healing, then life will just pass you by and you will not have the power to retrain, regain, and reclaim your life.

People who conquer PTSD work hard on developing healthy habits and creating routines that promote self-growth, help them stay focused, and ultimately achieve their goal of living a managed and control life outside the impact of PTSD symptoms. The strength to heal has to come from your inner self and committing to creating a system of healing should become part of your core self.

Many find it difficult to stay fully committed to conquering the disorder and easily lose motivation. Lack of purpose will drain your energy and leave you unable to tackle PTSD. You need to remind yourself every day that you are a warrior with a purpose. Why is it so important for you to heal? Ask yourself that question every day and repeat the answer to yourself every day. Daily reminders of your desire and reasons for healing are a great way to maintain your healing drive.

Action! Action! Action!

If you wait until you feel “okay” or “safe” to take action, then you will never achieve success or rid yourself from PTSD symptoms.

People who conquer PTSD don’t wait until they feel it’s safe and secure before taking action. In order to move forward, you have to be willing to jump in, take big leaps, and keep working toward the ultimate goal of healing.

I understand that for most people with PTSD this is easier said than done, and that taking action toward tackling PTSD can be terrifying. But, this is your time to break free, to be bold, to make chances and reclaim your life! Don’t let PTSD symptoms guide your inaction and take full responsibility for your healing by having self-discipline.

Develop, create and follow a management system for your symptoms. If you keep waiting you will only keep wallowing on your excuses of why you cannot do this. Fail to take action and your hopes, dreams, and goals of healing will just gather dust or get lost in your computer or notepad. If you want results, you need to take massive action toward

No Matter What, Keep Pushing

You could have a professional degree, lots of money to access resources, many talents, skills, creativity, and ingenuity, but if you give up at the first obstacle, you will never heal from the impact of PTSD in your life.

People who conquer PTSD are persistent. They keep pushing forward and persevere until they reach their healing mindset goals that lead to a permanent custom-tailored healing system.

People who conquer PTSD don’t let difficulties hold them back and always find a way to work through, break, or circumvent any and all obstacles that stand in their way toward permanently healing from PTSD.

The impact of PTSD and its symptoms can make tough times seem impossible. But persistence is a habit you must push yourself to develop if you want to navigate challenging times.

Many people with PTSD wallow in their own negative self-excuses, blame others for their imbalance, and procrastinate all the time when they can’t accomplish simple tasks. This keeps them from giving their best to their healing journey and does not contribute to establishing a long-term healing system.

If you want to rid your life from the impact of PTSD you have to reject negative thought processes that only serve to discourage you and fight to stay focused on achieving your healing mindset.

Work on Knowing Yourself

When you have PTSD, coming up with an honest answer to the question of “how well do you know yourself” is an excellent way to begin understanding who you are now that you are touched by PTSD. You must work on developing an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and how these will fuel your expectations of healing.

PTSD chronically impairs self-awareness because it fundamentally affects the way a person perceives and responds to everything, including threat. To become self-aware, you must first understand what it is that pushes your buttons, which are your triggers (internal or external), and what are your personal reactions to trauma.

This information is crucial to help you develop and create a custom-tailored system of healthy coping mechanism and techniques to manage the symptoms.

Learning, observing, collecting, drafting, implementing, and practicing self-awareness is the secret to beating PTSD. It will take time and training, and the journey, as well as the destination, are completely different for everyone even if the traumatic experience was of the same nature.

Understanding who you are today beyond your role as a partner, a parent, a friend, a sibling, or a son/daughter will help you realize the unique individual that you are underneath all the trauma. This self-awareness, that is, knowing yourself, will help you change negative patterns of behavior, enhance your strengths, and work through your weaknesses.

People who conquer PTSD take the time to work on knowing themselves at a deeper level which helps to achieve self-awareness. By doing this, they empower a healing journey that is built on strengths but also allows them to see the weaknesses and work on them for self-improvement.

Without self-awareness, a person with PTSD cannot conquer their symptoms because they won’t know which goals need to be set to address problem behaviors, actions, and reactions, or what strengths they can rely on when the tough gets going.

Adapt to Change

Change can be a scary thing to someone with PTSD because it disturbs an already delicate sense of security. But people who conquer PTSD work hard at adjusting to change. It’s important to understand that to retrain your brain and heal permanently you must be willing to adapt and welcome any and all changes that enhance self-growth.

Being able to adapt to change allows you to build brain resistance, which helps to achieve a permanent healing mindset even with the constant changes of the surrounding environment.

Every person looking to heal from PTSD goes through a period of mental and physical disturbance separate and distinct from the every day impact of PTSD symptoms. Those who work on building resilience achieve a healing mindset quicker than those who don’t. If you don’t learn to bend with the changes of healing from PTSD, you will continue to feel broken and will not be able to tackle the problems that arise from the accompanying symptoms and any additional stress.

Make Lifestyle Changes

PTSD can be a debilitating and exhausting cluster of problems to deal with. It is a complex disorder that involves potential physiological and biochemical abnormalities in the brain.

Having a disorganized life and bad nutrition habits can deeply affect your health, happiness, and energy levels, and will make it almost impossible for you to work or concentrate on achieving your Healing mindset.

When you are in a constant state of restlessness, making lifestyle and nutrition changes can exponentially help in maintaining mind and body balance. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward. Learning about lifestyle changes that can help you maintain a balanced physical and mental health is crucial to your ability to achieve balance and reach your healing mindset.

Lifestyle changes can also help you avoid getting burned out by helping to release the constant stress associated with carrying the weight of PTSD symptoms. Lifestyle changes also ensure that you are practicing self-care, a paramount component of permanent healing from PTSD.

Take Responsibility for Your Emotions

Taking responsibility for your emotions is not just accepting your mistakes and failures, but also knowing when to celebrate success. People who conquer PTSD are responsible for their emotions and actions, but also take time to celebrate achievements and success.

Taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and emotions will help you gain valuable understanding and foundational knowledge of what PTSD has done to you. This wisdom is necessary when developing and creating a healing system to achieve full control and take charge of your life.

Taking responsibility for your actions and reactions is all about recognizing that you have lived through trauma but it does not define who you are. Becoming responsible for your emotions allows you to be in the driver’s seat of your life, where only you are in charge of and can determine your future and your road to healing.

Find the Right Support System

In life, personal growth, and healing from PTSD, few things are as important as the power of relationships. Relationships and social support are an intricate part of life because they help us reflect on things we would otherwise not see.

A solid support system doesn’t have to include dozens of people. In some cases, one single person can be the catalyst for change that reinvigorates your life.

A support system or community for a person with PTSD must be filled only with those who can help you steer away from the negative impacts that PTSD symptoms have in your life. These are the people who can inspire you and whose input into your life should be considered and valued.

In my experience, few approaches are as valuable to healing as a solid support system. People who have conquered PTSD should always look to surround themselves with good company; other people who are willing to help and support you through your healing journey.

The Bottom Line

If you are touched by the impact of PTSD, the first step toward healing is to believe in yourself. Believe that you have the power to beat this beast.

You must visualize, not only your healing journey, but also your final destination which should be living a controlled, happy, and fulfilling life without the daily impact of PTSD.

To rid yourself of the myriad issues that the symptoms bring, you need to draft a solid plan of action and create a system of healing that you can use every day of your life. Then, take massive action towards implementing your system. No matter what, keep pushing forward.

Working hard on become self-aware, that is, knowing yourself is a paramount step in healing from PTSD because it will allow you to self-report and correct the faulty behaviors and coping mechanisms that keep pinning you down.

But this is not enough. If you want to permanently heal from PTSD, you have to learn to adapt to change and be willing to shift your lifestyle toward something that enhances your healing journey. Nutrition plays a huge role in how people with PTSD react to the environment.

Healing from PTSD is a full-time endeavor, one you must fully commit to. This is what taking responsibility for your actions, reactions, thoughts, and emotions means. Surround yourself with people who have your best interest at hand and are willing and committed to helping you fight through and exit victorious.

Diana Giorgetti
Diana Giorgetti

Diana Giorgetti is a multiple trauma survivor, author, idea brewer, problem solver, professional freelancer, and web-designer. A graduate of the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University with degrees in Psychology and Education Law, she is passionate about helping others, scuba diving, and writing (though not necessarily in that order). She lives in Miami, Florida with her two children and three dogs. She is the author of "The Fundamentals of PTSD: A Guide to Disemboweling the Disorder and Reclaiming Your Life," "PTSD & Relationships: A Survival Guide to Love and Be Loved," and "The PTSD Warrior Healing Mindset: Changes in Habits and Routines to Help Retrain the Brain After Trauma," and she's working on her fourth self-help book. You can find Diana's books on Amazon: amazon.com/author/dianahelps