Self Calming Techniques for Regulation of Trigger Responses
1. Breathe - Take deep, regular breaths; Count as you inhale; hold to the same count; exhale double the count' e.g. In to count of 3; hold to 3; exhale to 6
2. Let Go - Progressive relaxation; Start with the feet or the head. Scan your entire body slowly, from one end to the other. Tense and release each part.
3. Be Positive - Think positively, especially your self talk
4. Affirmations - statements with positive object (vs. negative of object, eg. I am healthy vs. I am not sick)
5. Distraction - Distract from your triggering cause
6. Attunement - Attune to yourself (in body and awareness) in relationship with your environment; try to connect to your energy body (connection to all)
7. Presence - Place your left hand on solar plexus; attune to your breathing
8. Visualization - Take your mind on a journey. You may use a creative visualization CD or you might magine going to a safe and happy place. You could also imagine putting your 'trigger' (what upsets you) in a container that only you can open - when you're ready.
9. Rehearsal - Imagine where you will be when you become anxious and rehearse the event
10. Prayer - Talk to God, Source, or your Higher Power and ask for guidance and end with thanks
11. Meditation - Take a break from the mind by various techniques, including focus on a candle, repeat a mantra or just close your eyes and think “rising” with the in breath and “falling” with the exhale
This is a small sample of the types of techniques that you can employ, in the moment that you are triggered, to calm yourself and become more present to the situation. Only then do you have all your inner resources that you need available to you.
Helena Green, at Counselling for the Health of It, uses these and other techniques, including Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), as part of stress management to engender awareness and help you work through your limiting beliefs. You have the ability to take back control of your life.
Deep Listening. Clarity. Sustainable Solutions.
Helena Green, RPC MPCC EFTCP CCIP
Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling
Registered Professional Counsellor
Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner
Certified Energy & Somatic Psychology
Counselling for the Health of It
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