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Week 5: Understanding & Managing Trauma Triggers (Part 2)

Welcome back to our "52 Weeks of Holistic Trauma Recovery." I'm DL Blanding, and this week, we're focusing on a critical aspect of trauma recovery: Understanding and Managing Trauma Triggers Part 2.  

Trauma triggers can be challenging, often bringing back intense emotions or memories associated with past trauma. Learning to identify and manage these triggers is a vital step in your recovery journey. It's about gaining control over your reactions and understanding how to navigate these experiences with strength and resilience.

Focusing on self-care techniques in a modern environment is crucial, as it aligns well with contemporary lifestyles and challenges. Here are some techniques that can be seamlessly integrated into a modern setting:

1. Digital Detox

  • Scheduled Screen Time: Set specific times during the day when you will not use digital devices. This can reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
  • App Limits: Use features on smartphones to limit time spent on social media and other apps.

2. Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

  • Guided Meditation: Utilize apps that offer guided meditation sessions for relaxation and mindfulness.
  • Breathing Exercises: Many apps provide short, guided breathing exercises that can be done anywhere.

3. Virtual Exercise Classes

  • Home Workouts: Participate in virtual fitness classes that fit your schedule and fitness level.
  • Modern Yoga and Pilates: These practices can be especially beneficial for both physical and mental health.

4. Healthy Eating with a Modern Twist

  • Meal Planning Apps: Use apps to plan healthy meals, track nutrition, and even order groceries.
  • Cooking Tutorials: Explore online cooking tutorials to learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals.

5. Online Learning and Personal Development

  • Webinars and Online Courses: Engage in courses or webinars on topics of interest for personal or professional growth.
  • Educational Podcasts: Listen to podcasts that inspire or educate during your commute or downtime.

6. Virtual Social Connections

  • Video Calls: Regular video calls with friends and family can help maintain strong social connections.
  • Online Communities: Join online forums or groups that share your interests or goals.

7. Tech-Enabled Relaxation

  • Smart Home Devices: Use devices like smart lights to create a relaxing atmosphere in your home.
  • Sleep Tech: Consider gadgets like sleep trackers or white noise machines to improve sleep quality.

8. E-Mental Health Services

  • Teletherapy: Seek virtual counseling or therapy sessions for professional mental health support.
  • Mental Health Apps: Use apps designed to help with anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

9. Mindful Commuting

  • Audiobooks and Podcasts: Turn your commute into a time for learning or relaxation with audiobooks or podcasts.
  • Public Transport Meditation: Use your time on public transport for mindfulness or meditation practices.

10. Workspace Wellness

  • Ergonomic Office Set-Up: Create a comfortable and ergonomic workspace to reduce physical strain.
  • Mindful Breaks: Take short, regular breaks throughout the workday for stretching or brief walks.

Incorporating these modern self-care techniques can help maintain balance and wellness in the fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in. Remember, self-care is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so feel free to adapt these suggestions to fit your personal preferences and lifestyle.

In our sessions at the Oasis Wellness Holistic Academy, we delve into strategies for recognizing and coping with triggers. From mindfulness techniques to grounding exercises, our goal is to equip you with the tools you need for managing these moments effectively. Join our private FaceBook group, Total Mind-Body Realignment Post Trauma for discovery, support, realignment and recovery, where we continue to grow, learn, and recover together. 

As we explore this topic, I encourage you to join us at the Academy, where our supportive community and expert guidance can assist you in this crucial part of your journey. 

If you're looking for guidance or support in this area, the Oasis Wellness Holistic Academy is here for you. For additional support, book your discovery support session today.

Next week, we will dive into another crucial aspect of trauma recovery. Until then, remember to nourish your body with care, embrace the power of good-healthy food, and keep taking those steps towards your recovery. Understanding your triggers is a powerful step in reclaiming your life.