A Look Back at Bullying Recovery in 2016: The Year In Review


I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. ~Neil Gaiman

A little over nine years ago, we at Bullying Recovery, LLC started on our mission to help people learn to thrive after bullying trauma. It all began with our founder, Alan Eisenberg, sharing his own personal stories on a blog site that ended up with over 2.4 million visitors and information and his stories started being used in schools and for presentations.

So now, as we end 2016 and begin 2017, we take a moment to reflect on what happened about bullying and bullying recovery over the last year. Little by little, progress is being made. Bullying is no longer seen as kids being kids and now identifies itself in the psychological world as Complex PTSD. We also saw a lot more attention put on workplace bullying and the issues that adults deal with in that world.

Here at Bullying Recovery, LLC, Alan Eisenberg gave several high-profile presentations on the long-term damage that bullying does to people. We also saw Alan’s memoir, A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance continue to get great reviews and more attention. Now, Alan Eisenberg is about to release his first fiction novel, Crossing the Line, that deals with the extremes that youth go to when being bullied. Alan promises it holds nothing back in terms of trying to bring attention to why youth take their own life or bring weapons to school due to bullying.

Our podcast on bullying and bullying recovery issues, Healthy U http://bullyingrecovery.org/podcast, was able to get great guests who work in the professional world of bullying research and bullying presentation. They shared many wonderful pieces of information to help everyone understand the issue of bullying better. Healthy U already has great guests lined up for 2017 to bring more information and help to people dealing with bullying.

Our founder, Alan Eisenberg, became a certified life and solutions-focused coach in order to help others move forward and meet goals as well as repair self-esteem. So, as we look back at 2016 and more important, the work that needs doing in 2017, there is some important advice we want to share.

Many of us try to create goals or New Year’s resolutions, but in the end, we struggle to meet them. This is typical of the way our minds work. Here are some suggestions for you, particularly if you are recovering from trauma or low self-esteem.

1.       Create only one goal and make it achievable. No one can turn their life around on a dime, so make sure that you can be successful at the goal you create.

2.       Have someone hold you accountable by sharing your goal. This is what life coaches do for a living, but you can also use someone, anyone you trust.

3.       Don’t get frustrated early and give up. Be strong and know that you are the only person that can tell you that you can’t meet your goal.

4.       Practice mindfulness to keep your mind focused on the positive. If you are a negative thinker, consider gratitude journaling or reading positive quotes, as well as learning meditation. Yes, these work and you can eventually turn your mind to think positive.

We hope that you have a great 2017 and stay with Bullying Recovery and now Alan Eisenberg’s new coaching business at http://healthyucoaching.bullyingrecovery.org. We want to be a great source for you for bullying recovery information. Thanks for being with us and please feel free to suggest or even submit blog articles. We love to share your thoughts. All our best for a good year.

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About bullyingrecovery

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach with a niche in bullying and abuse recovery, Bullying Recovery activist, and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance". and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe
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