PTSD SUPPORT: 5 TECHNIQUES TO NATURALLY MANAGE TRAUMA TRIGGERS
Like anyone else who deals with PTSD or any type of anxiety, I’m always looking for new ways to deal with triggers. Seemingly unimportant events, until they change the course of your day.
Being from an ever greener (Washington) state, my daughter says I’m “granola.”
While I have been gone for a long time – 16 years since I married the military, err husband – and moved away. She however, went back for college.
As I’ve recently been advised, the new term for hippie is granola.
Anyways, I’m always looking for alternatives to medication. I don’t want to be preachy. However, I do feel everyone should make the decision that suits them best.
What I want to say is, I don’t feel these techniques alone are going to cure PTSD. My hope, it helps you become more successful along the road of life.
5 Techniques to Deal with PTSD
Have I told you how glad I am that you are here? How proud I am that you care about your health and well-being?
All change takes work. I hope, one or all of these techniques work for you!!
1. Exercise – Exercising, even in moderation helps. Not only does physical activity decrease tension, it provides an outlet. That outlet, can work for you. It can be a source of increased self-esteem or a time to forget bad memories.
2. Increase relationships – Everyone has someone whose important to them. In the beginning, it may take a genuine effort on your part to reconnect. Find something you share in common and do that activity together. Over time interaction come easier and conversations flow freely.
3. Change jobs or locations – Remaining in a negative environment will increase the issues you face. Perhaps you no longer feel safe where you live. Move. Maybe, the same is true for your job. If trauma exists, there is a very real chance you will experience the same thing again. You need to get out. Understandably we all need to work. However, maintain the same employment or living arrangement is detrimental to your health.
4. Think positivity into your life – While it may invoke a negative reaction, it’s okay. Therefore, by definition, people who suffer from PTSD by definition are more negative. Certainly not because they want to be. The truth is, everything within a person who has PTSD tells them to be negative. To counter this automatic reaction, there is a lot of hard work to be done. 1.) Identify the negative dialog and redirect it. Force yourself to identify something good about the situation. While there very well can be bad, most often there is something to be thankful for. 2.) Look for root causes. What triggered the negative thought? Can you avoid it? Is there a way to reduce the trauma?
5. Change the dialog in your head – Ever get a song stuck in your head? The words, on the tip of your tongue. For some reason you just couldn’t find the words? I certainly have!! Hit up YouTube and listen to the whole song. The fixation on finding the words is what keeps it in your head. However, if the story in your head is trauma go through the memory. Allow your mind to process (if it’s not too traumatic). If you cannot remember the ending, write your own. Allow your mind to work past the trauma you are facing. Much like the song, the mind cannot let a thought go until it finds answers.
If you or someone you love deals with PTSD, keep trying different techniques until something works. Therefore, as a society we need to stop believing in the one size fits all solution.
Before I go, my sincere hope is that something in today’s post helps you.