Finding Your Joy After Trauma with Michele Rosenthal [episode 41]
Meet Our Featured Guest on Express Success Radio
Michele Rosenthal is a post-trauma coach and PTSD expert.
She’s also an award-winning blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, host of the radio program, Changing Direction, and founder of HealMyPTSD.com.
Her most recent book, Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices To Reclaim Your Identity, is available from W. W. Norton.
At the age of just 13, Michele suffered a life-altering medical trauma in which she lost the first two layers of her skin all over her body as the result of an allergic reaction. For decades she struggled with having to manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder on a daily basis.
At the same time she found herself continually searching to find an answer to the question “Who am I now?” She felt utterly alone and, without having been diagnosed with or being treated for PTSD, she ultimately became “stuck” in feeling totally powerless.
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24 years after her initial trauma, Michelle was finally diagnosed with PTSD. At a New Year’s eve party, Michele found the courage to pull herself out of deep despair that had led her to lock herself in the ladies bathroom… sobbing and crying at the overwhelming thought of having to face another year trapped by her circumstances.
Eventually, she returned to the large party and sought refuge by dancing with her brother with whom she felt safe. As she began to dance, she said “something in me released”. She began noticing how dancing enabled her to disconnect from the past and ascend to her more joyful self. She quickly realized “I knew I could access a good feeling and I must do that every day or I’m going to die.”
The Action Steps
Michele made a decision and commitment to stop leading her life from a sense of despair and instead lead from joy:
1. You have to discover what makes you feel happy to be alive, then find a way to connect to that which you experience as life-affirming
2. Make a list of all the ways you can access or tap into that joyful feeling…even if just for a moment or two
3. Commit to finding a way to experience that positive feeling EVERY single day then DO IT!
“Courage is a choice, make it” ― [Michele’s Mom]