What do you guys do to refocus after a trigger?

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Hello I’m wondering if you guys have any go to activities that you use to help you disregard and refocus after a trigger situation? And if different things help if you’re alone or when you’re in a social situation with others? I’m trying to figure out some things I can have in my back pocket for unexpected exposures. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

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Let me think. First of all, I hate when I am triggered  but I guess we can look at it as an opportunity for ERP.  The trigger and anxiety is the exposure. Now the hard part - response prevention. First of all I guess I recognize that it is a trigger with all of the emotions and thoughts etc. that go along with it - fear, rumination of what if? etc.  Then I try not to dwell on the issue because if I do it gets worse and I start looking things up on the computer, asking for reassurance and down the rabbit hole I go.  I am no expert for sure - still in recovery process - I don't always follow my own advice.  Sometimes it helps if I phone someone or do a different activity etc. - anxiety usually starts to decrease. I also find it is better if I don't re-visit the thought to see if it is still there as I may start to ruminate once again. Lately I have been trying to make myself feel empowered and  remind myself that I am in control, not OCD. Hope that helps a little.  I am still learning.

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Thank you @seamstress. Yes I find talking to someone or working on something that needs mental focus, like doing my budget or something is helpful. 

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I would say  Face the exposure and try no to give any response to trigger. It might be hard to do but it will built self esteem. If anxiety is too high you can’t handle that any more . Talk to some one do some activity , what can brings your attention some where even minor . Don’t be afraid , you will recover . Keep going with this 

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I try to do a breqahing exercise (8s inhale, 4s hold, 8s exhale) or I try to 'anchor myself in reality' by focusing on the things I perceive with my 5 senses (e. g I name things I hear, stuff I can smell). Or I name random things to distract myself (10 car brands, 8 things around me...) At times, I also force myself to calculate some maths mentally (u need to occupy ur mind with that), it helps me to withstand the worst panic/ocd wave and it is easier to react rationally afterwards. 

Martin

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Just wanna say I'm proud of all you guys and to keep it up!!! 

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