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Emotional First Aid Series: The Butterfly Hug Technique

Originally published April 4, 2018, updated April 6, 2021

Today's Self-Care Technique is The Butterfly Hug. Join in with the video below to practice this technique. FREA has created a handout that can be downloaded here: PDF-The Butterfly Hug.

We believe recovery must include self-empowerment tools. We believe that the more you are supported in self-care awareness and techniques, the more you will move from victim to survivor, and someone that thrives.

Being self-resourced is an important aspect of healing. We all need the support of people, however, having the ability to neutralize a stress response is vital to our well-being.

You Can Heal and Thrive!

We believe in your strength and ability to heal. Many of us at FREA are #metoo survivors and we know you can heal from the pain of sexual abuse. When you are looking for inspiration and hope in your recovery, remember that FREA is here to support you with oodles of free resources. Please share today's message - help us get the word out that healing from abuse is possible!

If you have recently experienced abuse, rape, or assault, please get help immediately.

How to Contact FREA

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