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Just had a shock, upset or trauma?

Go here to learn a few simple techniques that can help you reduce stress and trauma simply and gently.


Want to learn more techniques that can help you live

with greater calm and resilience?

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The Challenge: Stress and Trauma Are Increasing

Incidents of violence, terrorism and natural disasters are increasing in the U.S. and around the world. Many people are experiencing grief, stress and vicarious trauma from these experiences, as well as fear and anxiety about the possibility of future incidents. 


We are concerned, and wish to take action.



The Solution

Energy psychology methods are powerful and effective tools for relieving the symptoms of stress and trauma, for raising awareness and for opening our hearts. To learn some techniques you can start using now, click on one of the images above.



What Happens When We Experience Traumatic Events (Directly or Indirectly)

The fight-flight-freeze response is a natural, physiological response to situations of perceived danger, whether we are directly affected or a witness. Symptoms include:

  • Pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure increase
  • Blood flow shifts from cerebral cortex to limbic brain
  • Blood flow shifts from internal organs to arms and legs
  • Muscles tense and prepare for action
  • Digestive, immune and reproductive systems slow down

While this can save our lives by mobilizing us to respond to threats, problems may be created if we don't "come down" from this response. And constant exposure to threatening images or situations can cause chronic symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety, fears and emotional distress
  • Feeling ‘jumpy’ and hypervigilant
  • Easily irritated, angry and reactive
  • Restlessness, inability to rest or sleep
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Breathing and respiratory problems
  • Stomach and digestive issues
  • Heart palpitations and arrhythmias
  • Low libido and reproductive issues
  • Aches, pains, illness & psychosomatic symptoms.

Normally, after the danger is over the fight/flight/freeze activation subsides and our bodies return to a state of balance and homeostasis. But repeated exposure to violence, terrorism and threats can lead to states of chronic stress, anxiety and hypervigilance.



What can I do?

Fortunately, there are tools and techniques for helping our bodies and minds return to balance. Please select your experience to learn the tools that can help you.


I just experienced a shock, upset or trauma and need quick relief, something that I can do myself.


I want to learn more tools to live with greater calm and resilience.



If you need more assistance, please contact a mental health provider.


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The information on this page is educational in nature and is provided only as general information for stress reduction. It is not intended to create, and does not constitute a professional relationship between Resource for Resilience project team members or the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and the viewer. It should not be relied upon as medical, psychological, coaching, or other professional advice of any kind or nature whatsoever.


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