Daddysgrl

231d

How can I stop a trigger when it is something so common that most people don't even think about it?

Complex post traumatic stress disorder

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  • Learningtolovelife

    231d

    What I do when I’m trigger- it’s usually after. Is realize #1 that big emotions don’t have anything to do with now. Then I do box breathing to calm myself down. Then I try to think about why I was triggered and how I can handle it differently next time. I’ve also been in therapy for over a year.

    • Learningtolovelife

      231d

      I should also say you can’t stop a trigger. It’s a learned experience to a situation and it’s stored in your body. It’s not anything you can help. You can recognize them and work on them. The body keeps score is a good book if you can read it without being triggered. I had to read a little bit at a time.

    • Daddysgrl

      231d

      I have a C-PTSD list of triggers. I have only known what was causing it for about a month. I cowered in my bathroom and cranked loud rock music because someone was running a weed eater. It's such a common thing but I was severely abused and it is something that almost killed me

      • Learningtolovelife

        231d

        that’s why. Your body is remembering what happened it’s not you’re fault it’s not anything you did. Some better coping skills is box breathing or cold water on your face. My therapist recommended ice water. But really just cold water works for me. It’s getting your body and mind back into the now.

  • Damira

    231d

    I like to use my crystals/stones collections to help distract me. If you get a handful of smooth polished ones you can use them like a worry stone to stim/self soothe with. When it comes to a loud noise like a weed whacker... Maybe try finding a pair of headphones that are a comfortable fit for you to dull the noises that neighbors and cars etc can bring into daily life & may potentially trigger you. Find a few breathing techniques to practice and help calm you. I'm older (almost 41) and still am learning new ways to help every day (not always successful) so don't feel too bad about it.

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