When you’ve experienced trauma

… you can feel out of control, act compulsively, and become overrun with unwanted thoughts.

You need stability.

Stabilization is holding yourself together and once again feeling a sense of control. Here are some steps to take to regain stability.

Be safe

  • Get in an environment that is free from physical harm or other abuse.
  • Learn about safe people and practice boundaries.
  • Reconnect with safe social connections that are already in your network.

Practice being fully engaged in the present

  • Do things that are beneficial (for example: work, group involvement, housework, community service, prayer, etc.)
  • Do small things to feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • Notice when you’ve done something well.

Gain control of your body

  • Practice muscle relaxation.
  • Slow your breathing: count to 4 as you inhale and again as you exhale.
  • Develop a predictable routine of eating, working, and sleeping.

Regulate your emotion

  • When you feel strong emotion, remember the trauma is not happening.
  • Learn to calm fearful thoughts.
  • Differentiate what something feels like from what is actually happening.

For more ideas and support, give us a call: 720-935-2663 or contact us to setup your first appointment.

Providers With This Specialty

Timi Schuessler, M.A., LPC
C. Paige Smith, M.A., LPC
Veronica Johnson, Psy.D.
Christin Gardner, Registered Psychotherapist