I think we all forget the importance of good rest, a good meal, and healthy digestion. In the book I've been reading, The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk it reinforces the things we all know about our basic needs. Bessel writes: "It is amazing how many psychological problems involve difficulties with sleep, appetite, touch, digestion, and arousal. Any effective treatment for trauma has to address these basic housekeeping functions of the body. " I think this is an excellent starting place in recovering from trauma. While it may sound simple, sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep amidst the painful memories or eat while having an anxious tummy. There are ways to help these basic needs get easier over time: sleep stories, meditation, relaxation, therapy, and exercise, to name a few.