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Being active after Domestic Violence

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

I was so excited about making changes to better my life and to introduce activities that I could continue with regularly.

I made a simple plan to keep costs down and to think of fun, free ways to be active.

Choosing different activities made exercising seem easier for me.

Walking on a path next to the ocean I was able to refresh my mind while looking at the water, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the tranquillity.

I went to a large weekend market to add in some steps, walking around while looking at different stalls instead of my usual isolating and lazing around at home.

My family got involved and we followed a free dance competition compilation on YouTube. We had so many laughs trying to keep up. I learnt that my mind knew the dance moves but my body had other weird ideas.

I had a treadmill that I had been using as a clothes drying rack and storage area, so I cleared it and exercised while watching a movie.

Unfortunately, I became unwell during this time and I learnt the importance of rest and how to eat better, take vitamins and restore myself to better health, even while unable to keep physically active.

These are some tips from what I learned.


  • Do some kind of free activity regularly

  • Walk, run or dance, and include family or friends for a challenge or support.


  • Rest well when needed.

  • Be intentional in making good choices that support your health and well-being.


  • Restore your better health goals to suit your changing needs.

  • Keep a positive mindset and learn about natural ways to support your health during times of sickness.


  • Use a reward as an incentive to complete a goal.

  • Enjoy your reward and be proud that you have hit a target.


Blogging STARS program

This Blog is a part of the Broken to Brilliant Blogging STARS self-care program, which supports domestic violence survivors to practise the self-care strategies of Sleep, Tapping, Activity, Regulation and Support, (STARS). As they practise the strategies, they blog about it. You can read their survivor STARS Blogs:




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1 Comment

Unknown member
Oct 16, 2022

Well done! Awesome blog, love the R’s 😍

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