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It took me a day or so, but it finally occured to me that the reason… 
18th-Aug-2006 07:10 pm
It took me a day or so, but it finally occured to me that the reason I ended up cutting again was because I was triggered into disocation. I've never disociated that bad, which was probably why I didn't realize at first that I had disociated. After I realized that, it occured to me that I had probably cut as a way to ground myself; to get back to reality. I don't want that to happen again; the guilt of cutting haunts me for weeks after the event, and ends up making me spiral.

What are some other grounding techniques that work? I've heard of things, like feeling the fabric on your pants, holding something that you did not have at the time of your abuse, et cetera. But how do I make myself realize in the first place that I'm disociating, before I'm too far gone to help myself? Grounding techniques won't help me if I don't know when I need them.

Any ideas?

-Rachel Grace
19th-Aug-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
The way that worked best for me was having an alarm on my watch. I set it to go off every so often (every hour or so). Every time I heard the beep, I checked in with myself - was I spacey? What was I feeling? What was I thinking about?

After about a week of this, it got to be a bit easier for me to remember every once in a while to check in, without needing the watch beep to remind me. It's a bit of a weird way, but it can really help you to notice when you first start to slip off into dissociation
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