Complex PTSD Survivors

Dissociation, Grounding and the Holidays!

Dissociation, Grounding and the Holidays!

I've often said "I feel more alone in a room full of people versus when I'm home by myself." One symptom of C-PTSD is difficulty in creating connections with others. I'm also a highly sensitive person and being around a large group of folks can be unsettling. All the noise, mixed energy and commotion is a lot for my senses. As a result, I unground and dissociate. This can be even more prevalent during the holidays and family gatherings. I used to judge that about myself, now I just see it as part of who I am and prepare before going out.

I carry a medicine bag of tools with me whenever going out. In it you'll find:

1. Vetiver root, an amazing essential oil ideal for those who dissociate and unground. I use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. Internal use--place one drop in a glass of water. External use--rub on the bottom of the feet. Personally, I place it on my heart chakra.

2. Lavender oil, is SUPER calming. As a tip, placing the high quality oil on the bottom of your feet and nap of the neck are two perfect spots to let the oils absorb and work their magic. Essential oils actually breakthrough the blood brain barrier providing gentle healing.

3. Bach's Rescue Remedy for moments of extreme dis-ease. When using these two medicines in combination, I ALWAYS feel relief.

4. Yogi teas such as Ginger, Breathe Deep and Egyptian Licorice Mint. All of these are warming to the body and promotes a feeling of ease and safety.

What's in your medicine bag? How do you prepare for the holidays and other environments that are triggering?

Please come share with the community.

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Hi Allison, thank you for posting this. I use essential oils but have not put them on the bottom of my feet before or on my neck, shall give that a try.

I don't really like parties and gatherings but I go because I don't want to become a recluse! Admittedly there are a lot of options between going to a party and staying at home. I was at a support group meeting yesterday, a gathering of sorts, and yet I felt safe and at peace there. Like you say all the energies at parties and social gatherings can be intense.

Some of the things I do bring me into my body. I feel my feet on the ground. I breathe and feel my breath in my chest and belly. At work, when I use the ladies, I do some stretching and yoga exercises to calm the energies. I also take notice of where I am using my senses, this is so grounding for me.

This is all so exhausting but I do wonder if it's what a lot of 'normal' people do without even thinking about it, using methods to calm themselves that is.

Wishing you a calm and peaceful day.


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Awesome ideas Fresh2708 and what a great inquiry "I wonder if 'normal' people do without even thinking about it?"

Happy Hump Day!

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