COPING WITH TRIGGERS

What is a trigger?

A trigger is anything that sets off upsetting memories and fear.  Hearing a sudden loud noise, sad music, or smelling certain smells can all bring back strong feelings. Just about anything can be a trigger, but you can learn to actively avoid and fight triggers.

You can get a safety by changing who, what and where.

WHO – DETACH FROM UNSAFE PEOPLE. MOVE TOWARD SAFE, POSITIVE PEOPLE. CALL A SAFE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER. TALK ABOUT HOW YOU’RE FEELING OR JUST STICK TO LIGHT TOPICS, IF THAT IS MORE HELPFUL.

WHAT – SWITCH TO SAFE ACTIVITIES. TRY READING, TV, CALMING MUSIC, A WALK – ANYTHING THAT FOCUSES YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER.     

WHERE  –    LEAVE THE ROOM, GO OUTSIDE FOR A MOMENT.  CREATE A SAFETY ZONE FOR YOURSELF.       

               

                

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If you  are reading this, chances are life has not been easy for you lately. Or maybe for quite a while.

You may be staying in a shelter right now or you may be getting help from a domestic violence advocate in a community program.

This blog is not meant to be a substitute for domestic violence, mental health, or substance use services.

It is meant to be used along with those important ways of getting help.  You can use it to track your progress, practice ways to calm yourself, and remind yourself to take care of the basics as you move forward and heal.

It is the hope of Your Safe Haven, Inc. that you find practical assistance, inspiration, hope, and healing from the resources.

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Job Opening Counselor/Advocate I

Your Safe Haven, Inc currently has a Counselor/Advocate I position open. This position works in conjunction with other agencies and the court to advocate for victims of all crimes. Court accompaniment, assistance with PFA orders, travel, and compassion for victims of crime are necessary.  Bachelor’s degree preferred but will consider non-degree with experience.   View complete job description here  Counselor-Advocate I.  To apply submit resume and references to hr@yoursafehaven.org or mail to Your Safe Haven, Attn: Executive Director,  220 S. Thomas St, Bedford, PA 15522 by October 21, 2019.