11 Ways to Disarm PTSD Triggers

11 Ways To Disarm PTSD Triggers

As Certified Professional Life Coach, I get inquires from people attempting to manage the effects of mental health challenges in their lives through life coaching. In addition, I am living with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). Finally, the lane has opened that connects coaching and mental wellness. Due to the increased demands on licensed mental health professionals post-pandemic, the field has expanded for life coaches to obtain certification as a Mental Health Coach.

Mental Health coaches do not diagnose or treat mental illnesses, they come along side and assist with navigating mental health challenges as it relates to daily living, restoring life balance, implementing a recovery plan, support system, and achieving life goals. I am not a licensed mental health professional, but as a Life Coach I can offer some general suggestions on how to handle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggers. It is important to consult with a mental health professional for personalized advice. Here are some strategies that individuals with PTSD may find helpful:

  1. Grounding Techniques:
    • Focus on your surroundings: Identify and describe things you can see, touch, and hear.
    • Use physical sensations: Hold onto an object, tap your fingers, or feel the ground beneath your feet.
  2. Deep Breathing:
    • Practice slow and deep breathing to help calm your nervous system. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
  3. Mindfulness and Meditation:
    • Mindfulness exercises can help you stay present in the moment. Meditation and guided imagery may also be beneficial.
  4. Create a Safety Plan:
    • Develop a plan for when triggers occur. This may include reaching out to a trusted friend, using specific coping strategies, or having a list of activities that bring comfort.
  5. Mindfulness and Meditation:
    • Develop a plan for when triggers occur. This may include reaching out to a trusted friend, using specific coping strategies, or having a list of activities that bring comfort.
  6. Seek Professional Help:
    • Consider therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which are evidence-based treatments for PTSD.
  7. Medication:
    • Consult with a psychiatrist to explore the possibility of medication to manage symptoms. This should be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  8. Establish Routine:
    • Create a consistent daily routine to provide a sense of stability and predictability.
  9. Educate Yourself:
    • Learn more about PTSD and triggers. Understanding your reactions can empower you to better manage them.
  10. Connect with Support:
    • Share your experiences with trusted friends, family, or support groups. Connection can provide validation and understanding.
  11. Self-Care:
    • Prioritize self-care activities, such as exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep.

Remember that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is crucial to work with a mental health professional to develop a personalized plan for managing PTSD triggers. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, please seek professional help for a professional diagnosis prior to seeking a mental health coach.

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