Category Archives: Cheryl Rainfield

I think safe touch is so important for children and teens in school

I think safe touch is SO important. I desperately needed it as a child and teen in school from a few kind teachers who saw my pain; it was the only place I got safe touch. I’m honored to be … Continue reading

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Do what you need to do to be happy, well, and take care of you.

Do what you need to do to be happy, well, and take care of you. That can vary from person to person. What’s right for you is what feels right. What helps you and doesn’t hurt you. And it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Listen to your body. Rest when you are tired. Eat when you are hungry.

Listen to your body. Rest when you are tired. Eat when you are hungry. We live in a society that tells us we have to constantly go, go, go! Work hard, play hard. But we need to take time to … Continue reading

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Be yourself. You’re just right the way you are.

Be yourself. You’re just right the way you are. We’re told so often through advertisements, the media, through parents and well-meaning friends, to change this and that, that we’ll be more attractive, or a better person, or somehow a better … Continue reading

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Take time to recharge yourself.

Take time to recharge yourself. We need work, but we also need rest and play. It’s lovely to help others, but it’s also important to take care of ourselves. And sometimes we work so hard or are there so often … Continue reading

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Speak to yourself gently and with compassion.

Speak to yourself gently and with compassion. How we speak to ourselves matters. The way we think about ourselves can influence how we feel about ourselves. If you’ve grown up with abusive or critical parents, you may have absorbed some … Continue reading

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Do what is right for you.

Do what is right for you. Sometimes what you need is different than what others need. It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s good for you–as long as it helps you, doesn’t hurt you (or anyone else). For instance, sometimes … Continue reading

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Sending you warmth, joy, and good feeling. I wish only good for you.

Sending you warmth, joy, and good feeling. I wish only good for you. If this is a hard day for you, I hope you’ll take good, gentle care of yourself. Remember that positive distraction–reading a good book, watching a feel-good … Continue reading

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You have the right to say “No.” Do what’s best for you.

You have the right to say “No.” Do what’s best for you. I think it’s hard for a lot of women and survivors to say no. We feel guilty, feel like we should always take care of other people, or … Continue reading

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Reach out for support when you need it. You may be surprised how many people care.

Reach out for support when you need it. You may be surprised how many people care. I’ve often found it hard to reach out for support in my life–especially as an abuse survivor who was hurt and betrayed so often. … Continue reading

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