Holding space for others takes practice. Mindfulness is a necessary prerequisite — a state of being in which we are present, connected, and in full awareness of what is going on both inside ourselves and all around. Mindfulness practices are the tools that allow us to orient ourselves toward this state of present-moment awareness. With regular practice, it becomes easier to regulate our own emotions and levels of activation in the presence of others who are activated. When we work to be mindful of ourselves, this skill then translates into our relationships and interventions.
- Develop a mindfulness practice, including meditation and breathing exercises, at home and work, to support emotional regulation and mental health.
- Explain the connections between nervous system activation, somatic experiences of emotions, and co-regulation and how these may be a result of unresolved trauma.
- Apply mindfulness and present-moment awareness to increase effectiveness of other trauma-informed interventions to support healing.
- Strengthen crisis intervention skills of de-escalation and problem-solving.
- Support and soothe the nervous system to restore calm following a crisis intervention