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Trauma, Triggers, and Self-Care

If you're overcoming an addiction or a mental illness, there's a good chance that you might also be overcoming trauma as well. The majority of adults have experienced one form of trauma in their lifetime. According to the Sidran Institute (an advocacy and educational organization on trauma), about 70% of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event. And of those 70% roughly 20% go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Why It’s Important to Learn to Self Soothe

When you’re an infant, one of the most important tasks you learn from your parents is how to self soothe. In other words you learn to relax when you’re anxious, settle down when you’re crying, and unwind when you’re feeling tense. An infant learns this through the relationship he or she has with the primary caregiver. When the caregiver approaches a child in a calm way, gently picks the child up, and rocks a child to rest, that infant is learning to self-soothe in the midst of feeling anxious.

10 Smart Self-Care Tips to Avoid Stress and Increase Joy

Self-care is extremely important for you mental and physical health. Nowadays, we easily let ourselves get too busy and forget to take the time to ourselves. Linda Esposito, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has some tips on self-care and how to avoid stress.