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Need help recovering from flashbacks

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Hi, have a trigger that is very well known to me and causes flashbacks a lot.

I needed to drive 1.5 hours away from home for something today and while there the trigger happened immediately followed a flashback 🤬😔

I am over the flashback… Obviously. The trigger is pretty much gone. But from past experience, I know that it can take me a few hours up to around 5 days to recover from a flashback.

How do you/I/we recover faster?

Hope you’re doing well… Or at least better than me :-)
 
personally, i go for taking the time to process my trigger events thoroughly. rushing the process tends to leave too many gaps in the healing and hurry the recurrences. taking extra time and care with the recovery leaves me stronger with far more clues on how to handle future reminders.

which brings me to a question i have wondered on my entire life.
why is it that nobody has the time to do it right the first time, but everybody has the time to do it over?
 
personally, i go for taking the time to process my trigger events thoroughly. rushing the process tends to leave too many gaps in the healing and hurry the recurrences. taking extra time and care with the recovery leaves me stronger with far more clues on how to handle future reminders.

which brings me to a question i have wondered on my entire life.
why is it that nobody has the time to do it right the first time, but everybody has the time to do it over?
How exactly would you process it?

why is it that nobody has the time to do it right the first time, but everybody has the time to do it over?
🤔 🧐 🤨 … hindsight is 20/20?
 
How exactly would you go about doing that?

i save the precision and mass-production packets for my engineering designs.
every single one of my healing breakthroughs has been unique. healing is not an exact science. i trust the healing mysteries to guide me.
 
Well, then, I guess my question is, does anybody have any step-by-step instructions from me on how to go about processing a flashback?

In this case, I am a very clear on what the trigger is and why. But that doesn’t help me recover quicker from the flashback fallout ☹️
 
How do you/I/we recover faster?
Practice.

I know!!! 🤣 Terrible answer. I hate it, too.

But in the 20 something years I’ve been doing this? It’s the best real/honest answer I can give. Because when I’m OUT of practice? It takes a whooooooole helluva lot longer to recover.

So it’s something of a good news / bad news thing.

Because, clearly, mo’betta’da’kine to not be having flashbacks for months & years. But? The one silver lining to be actively working on my triggers & stressors, flashbacks & panic attacks… is that they only take seconds to minutes to sort. Rather than hours and days.




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My 2nd & 3rd best answers I’ll add on in a bit.
 
That’s Prolonged Exposure Therapy or EMDR. As in, the thing that a lot of us have to do with a trained therapist:)
Aka, what i’ve been trying to do for years but can’t find a therapist that takes my insurance and does it, etc. :-)🙄😢
 
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