What do you do when you get triggered? Pamela Cordano, MFT gives us a few simple, yet powerful tools to stock in our triggered triage kit. This is a must-listen for anyone who has experienced the intensity of a triggering moment and felt helpless and stuck in overwhelm.
Topics We Discussed
- What happens to our body when we get triggered: the physiological response, the fight or flight or freeze feeling, intense overwhelm
- There are levels of triggers: mildy triggered, moderately triggered, severely triggered. This kit is the most helpful for mild or moderate trigger situations.
- Triggered Triage Kit:
- Pause AKA The Sacred Pause
- Breathing - a couple of deep breaths, let your shoulders drop down
- With a kind voice - ask yourself, “what is happening right now” and pay attention to the sensations in your body
- Replacing the default network going to the direct experience network
- Instead of going to our unhealthy soothing behaviours (like ice cream or four hours of candy crush) what we can go towards instead - let’s see if we can feel this feeling for just five more minutes. Build in space so we can feel what we’re feeling.
- A couple of gentle yoga poses - be with our breath
- Call a friend - going towards a person who is safe
- Turn on music that is soothing or happy or comfortable
- Read poetry or an inspirational text
- Opportunities to do the Adoptee Healing Retreat or The Pilgrimage for Women in Spain with Pamela Cordano
Connect With Us
- Pamela Cordano, MFT: www.pamelacordanomft.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Email pcordano(at)comcast(dot)net for info on the Adoptee Healing Retreat or the Pilgrimage for Women
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