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Lauren Abrams



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Overcoming Trauma and Moving on with Elena Breese

Trauma is an emotional response to a negative event. The effects of trauma can be overwhelming and difficult to understand and heal from. Oftentimes, coping from trauma can be difficult. But coming to realize that you need healing is the first step in recovery.  Today’s guest, Elena Breese, survived the Boston Marathon terror attack. As someone who has been through such a traumatic event, Elena learned and discovered that healing does arrive–it just takes time.  “Oh, it took time. I think the most important part of it was just being open-minded enough to be willing to try. Although it didn't feel fast when I was going through it because I just, I've tried everything and I continue to try things and I'm so grateful that I live right now when so much money and research and dedication is going into mental health.” In this episode, Elena talks about letting go of the things that are holding you back, the joy in “looking up”, and learning that life has so much more to offer despite the chaos. “Ok. Well I think, I think it's important to have many different things that you can reach for, because anyone who has anxiety, depression or PTSD knows that a tool will work for a while and then it won't be as effective anymore.” In this episode: (1:07) - The trauma of the Boston Marathon terror attack (2:46) - The beginning of healing (6:02) - Learning about your triggers (10:07) - Healing takes time (11:20) - Digitals apps that help  (13:41) - Journaling and meditation (16:38) - ancient healing methods (21:45 - Leaning into your life’s purpose (23:50) - The value in helping others   Guest Elena is a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder. Through her website, Still Blooming Me, Elena shares how she learned to embrace her trauma and mental challenges, advocate for herself, and grow from her experience. She is passionate about bringing awareness about PTSD and sharing resources that have helped her heal. Elena has contributed to various blogs, podcasts, and speaks publicly.   Resources & Links 52 Weeks of Hope https://www.52weeksofhope.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLA7Rb6E0PtKBhPGu1vcjA https://www.facebook.com/52weeksofhope https://www.instagram.com/52weeksofhope https://www.twitter.com/52weeksofhope   Resources & Links 52 Weeks of Hope https://www.52weeksofhope.com  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLA7Rb6E0PtKBhPGu1vcjA  https://www.facebook.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.instagram.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.twitter.com/52weeksofhope  Elena Breese https://www.stillbloomingme.com/about https://web.facebook.com/stillbloomingme/  https://www.instagram.com/stillbloomingme/ https://twitter.com/stillbloomingme

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