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Activate Your Trauma Filter

Fatigue, Overwhelm, Exhaustion, Hopelessness, Hopefulness, Fear, Pessimism, Optimism, and Anger probably describe the range of emotions many of us have experienced just a few weeks in to 2021.

In the most recent virtual Compassion Fatigue workshop I recently facilitated, we identified some strategies for creating a trauma filter.

Activating the following trauma filters can help us navigate through the uncertainties, pain, loss, and trauma; better equipping us to tolerate triggers.

Be sensitive to sensory overload: Be mindful of your exposure to trauma in work and life. How many difficult stories do you hear or read in a day? Do you read the paper, watch the news or violent shows? Recognize the amount of trauma information you subconsciously absorb and try to create a “trauma filter.”

Set boundaries around the conversations you have with others: Communicate and share feelings with safe people and people who support you. Remember you do not have to RSVP to every social media debate you are invited to or comment on posts that challenge your morals and values.

Take intentional breaks throughout the day: If your day is filled with zoom meetings, take a few minutes to stand up, stretch, walk around your living space, hydrate or anything that will help you to temporarily unplug to recharge.

Give yourself permission to “feel all the feels:” Your feelings are valid. They are not right, wrong, good, or bad, they just are. Feelings come and go. Some feelings are heavier than other and some last longer. Experience them for what they are and release them. Remember, we must feel it to heal it.

For additional strategies for tolerating triggers:

We have a few more copies of the Calm Mind, Calm Body, Calm Spirit Journals for Anxiety Relief available at a special rate. Click here to purchase your copy while supplies last.

Click here for more information on booking a virtual workshop to offer additional support, strategies and resources to your team.

Remember, if the compassion you give so freely to others does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

To Your Health and Prosperity,


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