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Hi, I want to introduce myself. I am a 28-year-old female sexual assault survivor. I was assaulted 9 years ago, and recent life experiences have brought up a lot of PTSD somatic symptoms and memories, which are interfering with my career and social life. I want to reach out to other people who have been through this, and I want to listen and read your strategies and coping mechanisms for getting through the rough times.

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Meditation is a really effective tool to possibly gain a bit of control over your symptoms or at the very least clear your mind which can be therapeutic in itself. I won't suggest any specific methodology because there are limitless approaches, books, etc on the subject. I think though that meditation breathing exercises are definitely worthwhile. Also any literature you find which gives techniques for quieting the mind you may find to be worth a read. This skill has gotten me through some rough times in my life when I just needed to shut off all the thoughts in my head for a little while and have a moment of silence away from all the awful thoughts...

I like to be in nature more when I'm feeling overwhelmed - I find it helps.

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Hello Notanisland,

welcome to After Silence, I'm Paula, one of the newbie support team here. I'm here to help with any issues you may have with the board, so please don't hesitate to contact me any time

take care, Paula

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