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Summer is for traveling. All over the world, people are taking off on trips they have been planning for months or spontaneous summer adventures. During the summer months, people have time off of work, school, and the window of opportunity to be liberated from everyday responsibilities. Travel and vacation are sacred times in a persons’ life. You learn new things about the world, its people, and yourself. Your perspectives are changed, forever.

Trauma is also one of those life experiences which can change the way you see the world, your place in the world, and who you are as a person. Once you encounter a life-changing trauma, your life is never unaffected by that trauma. Living with unresolved trauma can feel like living in a life where you never get a vacation. Your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors feel like they are dictated by trauma. Your relationships, jobs, friendships, and passions feel like they are dictated by trauma. Unresolved and untreated trauma feels like continuous, exhausting, maddening labor from which there is never a reprieve. That is, until you find recovery.

In some ways, recovery from trauma is a working vacation. Liberated from the control of trauma, you feel more freedom than you have in years. Becoming liberated from trauma, however, takes work. “The Work” that trauma requires is not temporary or definite. A working vacation includes some kind of labor which ultimately leads to your ability to continue enjoying your freedom. Trauma recovery takes work- a lifetime of it- to process, let go, work through, heal, grow, and evolve. Some days are easier than others when recovery feels more like a total vacation from trauma than a working vacation from trauma. Other days are challenging and taxing.

When the work gets tough the most important work is being done. Still, feeling the feelings of trauma, processing life changing events, and coming to terms with one’s life are difficult things to do. Whether you are in treatment beginning your trauma recovery journey or years into the process, you may find yourself wondering if you ever get a vacation from recovery. Remember that your liberation is at your will and your journey through recovery is a nonstop journey to freedom from trauma. You may not be able to stop, go back to the way things were, or find a magical button which freezes time. You will, on the other hand, find a new way of living so peaceful and transformed, you’ll forget you need a vacation in the first place. Do the work, and the work will work for you.

The Guest House Ocala specializes in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues like anxiety. Everyone has a story. If you are living with unmanageable anxiety as a result of trauma it is critical for you to know, you are not alone. Help is available. You can and you will recover. Call us today for information on our custom plans of treatment and our private luxury care: 1-855-483-7800