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25 Affirmations For Resilience

If there is any time when someone needs an uplifting message, it’s when they’re feeling broken down. Depending on your situation, it can be hard to find where we tucked away our resilience.

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from tough situations. It’s our grit, tenacity and ability to navigate our way out of tough times. It doesn’t mean that you don’t feel trauma or sadness. When a person is ready to bounce back or just wants to lift their head out of the clouds, these affirmations can help.

Share these with a friend, family member or colleague who may need some inspiration. Add these to your computer screensaver, phone alarm, business planner, vision board or any other location where the reminder can come in handy!

  1. I have the power to pick myself up again.

  2. I have a history of being a survivor.

  3. I know how to defeat the odds.

  4. I allow doubt to float away from me.

  5. I handle change with ease.

  6. I deserve the life I want.

  7. I have not run out of possibilities.

  8. I can rewrite my story.

  9. I am bent but not broken.

  10. I am unique.

  11. My scars are my armor.

  12. Setbacks can be overcome.

  13. I will keep going.

  14. I know how to call on my healthy supports.

  15. I let go of what weighs me down.

  16. Disruption is just a change of energy. It won’t last forever.

  17. My faith has lifted me up before and I can rely on my faith now.

  18. I believe in my abilities.

  19. I am committed to my purpose.

  20. I love how quickly I can adapt to change.

  21. I am supported by the Universe.

  22. I have wisdom and strength.

  23. It’s okay to not be okay.

  24. Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness.

  25. I surrender these feelings of overwhelm.

If you’re interested in learning more about resilience I have a 3-part series on increasing resilience you can refer to!

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 1

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 2

How To Increase Your Resilience – Part 3

Do you use affirmations when you’re going through tough times? 

PTSD: What Happens When We’re Triggered

Originally published on September 2, 2015

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that afflicts about 24 million Americans at any given time (National Institute of Health). Post-traumatic stress occurs, in short, when traumatic events are re-experienced due to external triggers, nightmares and/or reoccurring thoughts. Due to the frightening nature of “re-living” a traumatic experience, PTSD sufferers may avoid situations or places that arouse these fears or feelings.

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So what happens when we’re triggered?

  • We may dissociate or detach from our current reality and feel like we’re back in the traumatic situation (car accident, combat, abusive home, etc).

  • Our heart races, body temperature rises, we may start shaking or crying and we may fall into a fetal position.

  • We become hypervigilant to sounds, strangers, sights and smells. This hypervigilance can last for weeks or months after the event.

  • Our bodies tense up or we run away from the trigger, known as the fight or flight response.

  • Some people completely freeze in their location, which is an alternative to fight or flight. This is a natural response.

  • We may prepare to leave or stock up on resources in case of emergency. We charge our phones, pack a bag, make a packing list or look for backpacks/luggage. This gives us a sense of control.

 

These are only a few natural responses to traumatic stress.

I have counseled survivors of mass tragedies and I think of them every time another shooting occurs. I wonder if the breaking news alerts are triggers for them. In my current work with domestic violence survivors, I have noticed that their triggers are all different. I also have to educate them about triggers their children may face, as witness to abuse in their home.

My suggestion is to inform those closest to you what your triggers are and how to help you cope. I have faced scary situations in my life (armed robbery, burglary, large earthquakes, sudden deaths) and I cope with each of them in different ways. I recently had to have a conversation with my husband about my experience being robbed even though that was over 20 years ago. A few years ago we experienced a large earthquake together and we were understanding about each of our reactions to it.

Knowledge is powerful and will keep you from feeling all alone.

Speaking with a trauma trained therapist can help you or your loved one to process feelings or emotions that arise from triggers.

Besides, having comforting friends or loved ones can help you ride the wave of PTSD triggers and ground you back into the present day.

 

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