A Message from the Massachusetts Resiliency Center

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
15 NOV 2015
The B.A.A. and Boston Marathon community stands with Paris through this tragedy.

We, at the Resiliency Center are truly saddened by the occurrence of events in Paris last night, and stand in solidarity with all the people tragically impacted. We are thinking of you and offer our support if you are experiencing distress as a result. Such events have the potential to trigger flashbacks and emotional distress.

Individuals may experience internal and/or external triggers. Internal triggers are things that you feel or experience inside your body and include thoughts or memories, emotions, and bodily sensation. External triggers are situations, people, or places that you might encounter throughout your day or things that happen outside your body. Following is a brief list of healthy coping strategies for lessening the impact of triggers:

  • Activating your social supports: It has repeatedly been found that finding support from others can be a major factor in helping people overcome difficult times-connect with people who care about you and whom you trust and are comfortable with. Lean on others.
  • Deep Breathing: Using your breathing techniques is an effective coping mechanism. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Monitor your belly rise and fall with every in-breath and outbreath. Continue to take deep breaths, concentrating on only moving your belly. Here are some guided meditations: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22
  • Self-Soothing: These activities involve using one or more of the five senses to relax and may include: stretching, soaking in a bath, getting a massage, listening to soothing music, smelling flowers, sipping on tea, watching a funny movie, reading a good book, and/or other activities that you enjoy or that calm you down.
  • Expressive Activities: Expressing the emotion through artwork or music or writing or dancing, for working through and processing your feelings is often helpful
  • Avoid: exposing yourself to all the news and media coverage highlighting the details of the unfolding events in France. Step away from the television, computer screen or smartphone as repeated exposure to violent images or sounds keeps traumatic events alive, and can prolong the stress response.

If you need any additional support, our navigators remain available to speak with you Monday through Friday, during normal business hours. Call 1-844-STRONG1 (787-6641) to speak with staff or visit the Resiliency Center at 1208 VFW Parkway, Boston.

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A Message from the Massachusetts Resiliency Center

We, at the Resiliency Center are truly saddened by the occurrence of events in Paris last night, and stand in solidarity with all the people tragically impacted. We are thinking of you and offer our support if you are experiencing distress as a result. Such events have the potential to trigger flashbacks and emotional distress.

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