Self care for trauma has a new tool for PTSD relief that you can get at home

Self care for trauma? Is it possible? Do you have your suspicion about holistic methods used by the stars? So did we until we tried it. Havening is a technique used for relieving PTSD and anxiety symptoms. It has been spreading through the mental health community in recent years as an effective treatment for PTSD that patients can learn and practice at home. It has also made headlines in popular culture because it is seen practiced by Justin Bieber in his documentary Seasons.

The havening technique is self care for trauma that’s a proven way to self soothe

Havening, is an alternative therapy developed by Ronald Ruden and popularized in part by hypnotist Paul McKenna; it relies on “amygdala depotentiation” that purportedly can help people with psychological problems, particularly those related to phobias, post-traumatic stress and anxiety.

Trauma expert Dr. Kate Truitt Explains how and why it works

Anyone who has ever dealt with PTSD and anxiety knows all too well how overwhelming the symptoms can be in the moment. Havening is so interesting because you can do it to yourself as soon as you start to feel symptoms. Here’s a quick video to explain more.

Kate Truitt explains that once trauma is experienced, the brain changes and wants to protect you, even when circumstances aren’t as serious. Unfortunately the way your brain protects you sends you into a panic spin each time you experience the trigger.

Havening techniques ® have been found to correct the way these memories are stored in our neurology, so that they have no further emotional impact and other responses and symptoms can be altered for the better, or completely eradicated.

After surviving trauma PTSD can be crippling

After surviving trauma, you may feel that just getting out of bed is an achievement. In many ways, it’s easy to lose your ability to seek joy or even feel joy about anything after a traumatic experience with loved ones or traumatic event you can’t forget. PTSD can cause you to live in fear and become focused on staying safe. It makes good sense. If you’ve lived through bad experiences or any form of a traumatic event, you know the world can be scary and unsafe. People with a trauma background will often stop cold in a panic when something triggers terrifying memories – one of many trauma symptoms. For these survivors, the idea of doing anything with reckless abandon is unthinkable and can strongly effect their mental health. 

Finding ways to feel joy again is part of the healing process

Experiencing trauma is bad enough. Letting the traumatic experience prevent you from having joy in your present or future life, however, is adding insult to injury. The problem is, feeling the pain over and over is what your mind naturally wants to do. There’s a lot of science behind it that I don’t understand, but the amygdala changes after trauma, and it doesn’t just change back. That trauma sticks like superglue, so you have to learn how to change your thinking to survive. For me, part of healing from trauma was choosing the life I wanted for myself and taking the necessary actions to get there. You can choose a different path. You just have to think new thoughts. Havening is one great technique to relieve the anxiety when things get overwhelming, read more about surviving trauma.

See more of Lindsey’s interview with Kate Truitt


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Lindsey Glass

Lindsey Glass is the co-founder of Reach Out Recovery. Her 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World Of Recovery, has helped to lift the stigma from addiction and recovery and is used in recovery programs nationwide to show what life is like on the other side of addiction. Lindsey's teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, was distributed to PBS stations nationwide by American Public Television in 2014-15. Lindsey has written dozens of popular articles on recovery. She is a recovery advocate and frequent keynote speaker. Lindsey is the author of 100 Tips for Growing Up, My 20 Years of Recovery, 2019. Before focusing on recovery, Lindsey was a TV and screenwriter. She has worked in publishing, web development, and marketing.

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