Try substantiation techniques, learn your triggers. You may find that certain experiences, situations, or people seem to trigger memories or other symptoms. Take care of your physical health and add. Counting backwards: This isn't designed to confuse or test you, but if you're busy trying to remember what number comes before eight, your mind is likely to get a little distracted by PTSD.
Try counting slowly to 10 and then counting backwards again to calm down. Because there are major arteries just below the skin of the wrists and earlobes, dropping cold water on these areas can cool and soothe the the entire body. Meditate There's no need to go to a mountain retreat: try to find a comfortable place in a quiet place, focus on your breathing, and feel those anxieties start to disappear. I found it helpful that my husband was in the next room while I was doing this so that I could “stand guard” and my hypervigilance could also rest.
Eat some chocolate Dark chocolate can regulate cortisol levels (which is often in abundance in people with post-traumatic stress disorder). Just a square can make a difference in your mood. Try aromatherapy. The relaxing scents of lavender and tea tree can stimulate the olfactory receptors in the nose that connect with the part of the brain that regulates emotions and causes relaxation.
Progressive relaxation Progressive relaxation involves tensing the muscles one part of the body at a time to achieve a state of calm. People with PTSD tend to have very tense muscles, so thinking also serves as a reminder to those muscles of what the difference between “tense” and “relaxed” means. Write it down Sometimes, putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating; you can find more information in our blog post here.