Crappy Childhood Fairy's Story of Healing Emotional Dysregulation after growing up in abuse

Has childhood abuse, neglect, or trauma impacted you? Today’s guest, Anna Runkle, aka Crappy Childhood Fairy, is here to talk about how growing up in an abusive home led to difficulty regulating emotions and relationships and how she learned to practice healthy emotional regulation through her life journey.
Emotional dysregulation often happens after CPTSD because the brain develops adaptive strategies to living in an abusive home- strategies like cutting people off, denial, and blowing up – that work in the short term in a toxic environment. But these strategies don’t work when you’re trying to live a healthy and stable life.
Anna teaches how you can learn to regulate your brain and your emotions thought a simple daily practice of grounding and writing. Childhood abuse or neglect doesn’t have to define you, and Anna will show you how.

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