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How to cope with triggers

What to do when you're feeling triggered.

As intense and powerful as they can be, with time and some cognitive coaching, triggers can become less meaningful. It can be possible for you to face a trigger and not be overwhelmed by it.

The first step in getting to this point is to identify your triggers, and the specific symptoms you feel when faced with them. This will help you understand your triggers, manage them, and eventually dissociate with them so they don’t mean as much anymore. One effective way to handle a trigger is through grounding.

Feeling triggered?

Ground yourself by playing

the 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 Game

How to ground yourself

Grounding brings your focus to the present by taking note of your surroundings and placing them in the here and now.

An example of this is the 5-4-3-2-1 game:

Keep in mind, however, that while grounding is a great tool to cope with triggers, it is a short term strategy, and in the long term, cognitive processing therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy are highly recommended.

These therapies can be tailored to your experience of PTSD and are effective ways of processing trauma in general.

Find out more about triggers and tools for dealing with triggers.

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