How to Deal with Traumatic Memories?

How to Deal with Traumatic Memories?

What are traumatic memories? Traumatic memories are formed after experiencing an event that caused high levels of emotional arousal. When faced with a traumatic experience you are unfortunately also opened to the likelihood of experiencing flashbacks of the event. This can bring emotions such as fear, sadness, shock, shame, or anger. Fortunately there are ways you can cope and reduce the stress of experiencing a traumatic memory. In this blog I will go over 3 ways to deal with traumatic memories.

How to Deal with Traumatic Memories

Identify Triggers

When faced with traumatic memories it is important to be able to identify things that trigger them. There are two different types of triggers, external and internal. External are things such as people, places, smells, relationships, interactions, and anniversaries. Some examples of internal triggers are memories, emotions, or body sensations. In order to become aware of these you should write them down, so you are able to track what you are doing before and after experiencing a traumatic memory.

Mindfulness

When you have a history with trauma it is not abnormal to want to put your focus on the past or on an imagined future. By doing this it makes it hard to live your life in the present moment. Staying in the present can help ground yourself when flooded with traumatic memories. Here are some ways to do that:

5-4-3-2-1 Method- Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
Define Reality- Verbalize statements that are true about the current moment. For example: “I am sitting on the couch with my husband.”, “I am safe in my home.”, “I am about to start cooking dinner for my family.”
Make a list of things that make you feel safe- This can be a person, place, or sensory items such as a smell, a song, or a tv show. Remind yourself that you are safe.

Therapy

There are many different types of therapies for trauma that can be helpful when dealing with traumatic memories. Some examples are EMDR, talk therapy, exposure therapy, Emotionally Transformative Therapy (ETT), and support groups. When you find a therapist that is right for you, they will if you are ready to begin the journey of overcoming your trauma then we are here for you. At New Vision Counseling and Consulting we have a team of caring therapists who are highly trained in helping you work through trauma and create a life you want to be a part of. The natural next step is to call us at (405) 921-7776. We hope to meet you soon Ill be able to help identify techniques that are best for you. Going to therapy not only helps you cope with traumatic events but helps in understanding and processing an event.

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