Connection and positive triggers

We have heard of ‘triggers’ that suddenly cause us to be transported back to a traumatic time or place. These can be sounds, sights, smells or sensations.

I wondered if, as in mindful self compassion or compassion focused therapy, we can use these same things to remind us and maybe even transport us to a feeling of safety and connection. A ‘positive trigger’ you might say.

I’ve created these little cards specifically to try and start the seeds of some positive triggers for people who are struggling. Instead of sending a card-sized card, these little designs are credit-card sized to fit easily in a wallet. They can be carried with them wherever they go and remind them of the person who cares for them and sent them the card.

They are made from recycled cotton t-shirts – so you could add some drops of your favourite smelly to them (maybe on the back so as not to discolour the design), they look pretty (I hope!), they feel nice and they have a little space on the back for a crisis number, a personal message from a friend or other reminder. You can get matching stickers as an extra reminder to place on a phone cover, at your work desk or somewhere else helpful.

If you are are currently committed to, or on a journey of developing self-compassion and able to handle such a gesture, you could even buy one for yourself!

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