Just diagnosed with PTSD….what to do?

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First things to do: Research! Understand the mechanism of trauma, how the fight or flight system fires.

Start repeating a short affirmation multiple times a day. In this moment, right now, I feel my body overflowing with approval, safety and kindness. Record it, play it back constantly.

Next, find a way to calm the fight or flight mechanism from firing. We need to be in a safer zone called our window of tolerance.

When our fight or flight mechanism is fueling ptsd, we our way beyond our window of tolerance.

I picked meditation, practiced everyday, built my focus to face my nervous system exploding.

The journey had many failures, setbacks and trials.

You must find an action to help you calm your nervous system.

Aerobic exercise is an alternative, it dissipates cortisol and adrenaline mechanically.

A good tool but hard to exercise at your desk or work. We would be exhausted trying to exercise our way to healing after every trigger.

The breath can impact the nervous system far more easily and much quicker.

I found enormous power using my breath to access my right hemisphere.

PTSD is an invisible prison while meditation was a ticket to my creative, expansive, free side of my mind.

The left hemisphere (cognitive side), is the size of a beach ball. The right hemisphere is expansive, creative and big as the Pacific Ocean.

Meditation is like space travel for me, journeying to that creative side. No words, good or bad, right or wrong exists to limit our experience.

It seems like heaven but disappears quickly.

You have found a space where the past and future do not exist, where ptsd can not visit.

First time I entered this space, I knew ptsd would lose.

Takes a lot of work to enter this space.

That’s the ante to improve.

I believe, I can help anyone to meditate if they will practice with all their effort.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing. One thing that worked for me in therapy was being put into a state of deep relaxation via meditation before revising what had caused me trauma. It actually managed to shift the difficult feelings I’d associated with it in my mind. Obviously something to be done with a professional guiding but thought I’d share. Thanks again

  2. Good for you

    There are many ways out but all take action and courage

  3. Whatever path we choose, we must commit maximum effort.

    PTSD is impervious against half assed effort,

    Healing, for me, was a full time job,

    I went to bed focused in healing, got up in the morning focused on the daily actions.

    If I had a picture of my PTSD, I would of hung it up over my bed.

    We have to know, specifically who is the enemy.

    It’s not our symptoms, or other people or the outside world, it is trauma stored inside, labeled PTSD who is the enemy.

    We do not heal by avoiding or giving it power.

  4. I am so inspired by you! Thanks for your vulnerability. You are such a resilient person. Knowledge is power!

  5. Thank you

    Have courage others have healed and a path for you exists

  6. I definitely struggle with PTSD and this is very powerful and encouraging. Thank you

  7. Your welcome

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