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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- Why is Changing a Habit So Challenging II

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Quick bits of therapeutic info and learning, ideas, concepts, and quotes.

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3: Keys

2: Concepts

1: Quick Article

"Change is the process by which the future invades our lives, and positivity is the mindset that helps us embrace it." - Alvin Toffler

Why is Changing a Habit So Challenging (especially if you’ve been traumatized)…

We touched briefly on these three keys in an earlier 3-2-1… here’s a bit more info:

  • Neuroplasticity—rewired? Habit change is challenging due to the brain's resistance to rewiring deeply ingrained neural pathways formed by traumatic experiences.

  • Comfort and Familiarity—the maladaptives: Habit change is hindered by the comfort and familiarity of maladaptive coping mechanisms developed during trauma.

  • Psychological Resistance—familiar = safe: Habit change is impeded by the mind's natural resistance to depart from known routines, even if they are harmful.

A Couple of Concepts:

Some core ‘priorities’ in our work together…

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that emphasizes teaching emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. It provides individuals with tools to manage intense emotions, reduce self-destructive behaviors, and enhance their overall emotional well-being.

  • Mindfulness Practices: Mindfulness involves cultivating awareness of the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help trauma survivors gain control over their emotional responses, reduce reactivity, and foster a greater sense of calm and self-compassion.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation is a fundamental aspect of trauma resolution, as trauma survivors often grapple with the profound challenge of managing intense and overwhelming emotions. Trauma can leave a lasting impact on the emotional landscape, leading to symptoms like heightened anxiety, uncontrollable anger, and intrusive flashbacks. These emotional responses are often triggered by reminders of the traumatic event or situations that evoke feelings of danger or distress.

The difficulty in emotional regulation can manifest in various ways. Many of us may find it challenging to maintain a stable emotional state, leading to unpredictable mood swings and emotional outbursts. This instability can disrupt our daily lives, affecting relationships, work, and overall well-being.

One of the significant hurdles in the trauma resolution process is addressing this emotional dysregulation. Unmanaged emotions can hinder progress. Therefore, therapies that specifically target emotional regulation and coping skills are invaluable.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one such evidence-based therapeutic approach that has shown remarkable effectiveness in trauma resolution. DBT equips individuals with practical tools to manage their emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal relationships. It combines elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness techniques, thus providing a comprehensive set of strategies for navigating their emotional landscapes.

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, also play a vital role in emotional regulation. By cultivating mindfulness, we can develop a heightened awareness of their emotions without judgment. This awareness enables us to respond to our emotional experiences in a more controlled and balanced manner, reducing reactivity and promoting emotional stability.

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