PTS Discussion is an ongoing conversation, one you generally have with yourself. You think to yourself, why am I thinking this? Then you continue down the rabbit hole of intrusive thoughts, they take control.
So how do we build a toolbox for our thoughts? What does that even mean?
It is a cycle, the first is the event that caused the thoughts. We have to remember that witnessing and experiencing are different. When we witness something, that impact will land differently, compared to the impact on the one experiencing it. In ACT therapy, or “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy”, you first; accept the event, how you perceived it, and the overall impact it had on you. You commit yourself daily, not to allow it to control you. Your thoughts that is. You have to change the way you think before the way you think changes you. The therapy is the latter.
But this is only one tool, in a plethora of tools available for your box. What works for me, might not work for you, vice versa.
So research, weigh your options and most importantly have a plan.
For me, personally? I use a group of tools that I acquired over the years, tools like CPT, ACT, journaling, running, or even just breathing. Breathing is a form of meditation, focus on your breath.
I have found is also a form of therapy. Plus discussing your trauma with others sometimes helps.