To bring relief from stress and trauma, Resources for Resilience offers free

The techniques are clustered into these subject areas:

  1. Finding Safety and Connection
     

  2. Waking Up Out of Shock
     

  3. Healing Wounded Hearts
     

  4. Calming and Balancing
     

  5. Unscrambling and Re-Organizing
     

  6. Resolving Traumatic Experiences

They can be used alone or in combination to address specific concerns, or as a routine to manage your daily stress. Consider trying the simpler techniques first. They may be done in any order, but before you do them, find a safe space, by creating a sense of physical and emotional safety. Most of the techniques may be done alone, but can be even better when done with a safe friend or partner. Listen to your body, and do what feels good to you.

What Happens When We Experience Traumatic Events (Directly or Indirectly)

 

The fight-flight-freeze response is a natural, physiological response to situations of perceived danger, whether we are directly affected or a witness. Symptoms include:

  • Pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure increase

  • Blood flow shifts from cerebral cortex to limbic brain

  • Blood flow shifts from internal organs to arms and legs

  • Muscles tense and prepare for action

  • Digestive, immune and reproductive systems slow down

While this can save our lives by mobilizing us to respond to threats, problems may be created if we don't "come down" from this response. And constant exposure to threatening images or situations can cause chronic symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety, fears and emotional distress

  • Feeling ‘jumpy’ and hypervigilant

  • Easily irritated, angry and reactive

  • Restlessness, inability to rest or sleep

  • Fatigue and tiredness

  • Breathing and respiratory problems

  • Stomach and digestive issues

  • Heart palpitations and arrhythmias

  • Low libido and reproductive issues

  • Aches, pains, illness & psychosomatic symptoms

Normally, after the danger is over the fight/flight/freeze activation subsides and our bodies return to a state of balance and homeostasis. But repeated exposure to violence, terrorism and threats can lead to states of chronic stress, anxiety and hypervigilance.

 

What to do about it

Fortunately, there are tools and techniques for helping our bodies and minds return to balance. Many of these tools are available through R4R’s videos and written instructions.

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