Trigger management skills to remember when we are activated: Therapist shares tips

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By Mahtab Ahmad


Published on Jun 11, 2024 06:00 AM IST

  • From lying down on the floor to narrating our physical sensations to ourselves, here are a few trigger management skills that can help us.

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Sometimes we may feel activated and may need to manage our emotions and responses at the moment. "These practices have helped me move through an activating emotional moment safely. Most of them are ways to regulate a dysregulated nervous system, or a way to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us relax). These practices will help you feel safe in your body, so that you don’t react on impulse or from a place of survival, so that you don’t get trapped in fight/flight/freeze. These practices will help you feel more empowered in the face of intense emotions," wrote Therapist Israa Nasir.(Unsplash)
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Sometimes we may feel activated and may need to manage our emotions and responses at the moment. “These practices have helped me move through an activating emotional moment safely. Most of them are ways to regulate a dysregulated nervous system, or a way to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us relax). These practices will help you feel safe in your body, so that you don’t react on impulse or from a place of survival, so that you don’t get trapped in fight/flight/freeze. These practices will help you feel more empowered in the face of intense emotions,” wrote Therapist Israa Nasir.(Unsplash)

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We should change the taste in the mouth. We can try popping in a mint, or gum or a candy to instantly change the taste. 
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We should change the taste in the mouth. We can try popping in a mint, or gum or a candy to instantly change the taste. 

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Lying down on the floor is the ultimate grounding technique. It helps us to feel relaxed and calm. We can try lying down on the ground. (Unsplash)
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Lying down on the floor is the ultimate grounding technique. It helps us to feel relaxed and calm. We can try lying down on the ground. (Unsplash)

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We can try the deep breathing technique where we breathe out for a longer time than we breathe in. This helps the nervous system to feel relaxed. (Pixabay)
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We can try the deep breathing technique where we breathe out for a longer time than we breathe in. This helps the nervous system to feel relaxed. (Pixabay)

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We can wad up a layer of tissues and run it under water. Then we can press it in the back of our neck to feel better. (Unsplash)
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We can wad up a layer of tissues and run it under water. Then we can press it in the back of our neck to feel better. (Unsplash)

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We can drink water and narrate our physical sensations to ourselves in clear words. This helps us to be aware of ourselves more. (Unsplash)
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We can drink water and narrate our physical sensations to ourselves in clear words. This helps us to be aware of ourselves more. (Unsplash)



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