SAGE BLOG

April 15, 2013   Posted by: sagepage

A few ideas for self-soothing in the wake of violence

Our hearts are with all of those affected by the violence in Boston and elsewhere around the world today. To anyone feeling trigger responses or flashbacks, please be good to you. We are sending you our wishes for comfort and would like to share a few ideas for self soothing:

–Consider doing deep abdominal breaths that make your abdomen swell when you inhale and contract the breath. If it helps, try placing your hands on your belly right under your bellybutton and breathe, feeling your hands rise and fall.

–Consider doing some gentle stretching, allowing the emotions to move through you however they can.

–If you feel comfortable give your emotions the sounds of any of the vowels: a, e, i, o, or u. Relax your throat and hold the sound at any note or pitch that feels right. Let the sounds move through you as you feel. Let the sounds rise and fall according to what feels right to you.

–Consider using any of the following essential oils if you or a friend has them handy: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Valerian, Lavender, Spruce, Geranium, Helichrysum, and Rose. Dap them at your temples, inner wrists, at the center of your chest, or at the space between your eyebrows.

If you find yourself wanting support, please do not hesitate to reach out to friends, loved ones or us at Sage: sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com — we will do our best to refer you to supportive services either at Sage or elsewhere. ♥

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