Nine Strategies That Help To Increase Emotional Stabilty

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Severe and protracted childhood trauma can lead to diagnoses later in life of complex PTSD and borderline personality disorder. there is a very large overlap between these two conditions and a major symptom of both can be extreme emotional over-reactivity (referred to by psychologists and psychiatrists as emotional lability).

Both conditions are so serious that they necessitate appropriate therapy (such as trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy or eye moment desensitization and reprocessing therapy. However, people suffering from these conditions can do much to help themselves and, in this post, I will look at nine techniques sufferers of these conditions may wish to employ to increase their ability to stabilize their emotions. These are as follows:


See my post: Crucial Features Of Psychoeducation For Complex PTSD

Developing Grounding Techniques

A good source of information about these can be found here: Grounding techniques: Step-by-step guide and methods (Medical News Today)

Learning About Relaxation

See my post: Examining Stress And Relaxation In Relation To Childhood Trauma

Breathing Exercises/Techniques

See my post: Is Your Anxiety Caused By Hyperventilation? A Look At The Science

Practicing Mindfulness

See my post: Mindfulness – A Very Effective Treatment For Those Who Have Suffered Childhood Trauma

Tackling Sleep Problems (Learning About Sleep Hygiene)

See my post: Insomnia More Common In Childhood Trauma Survivors

See also: What Is Sleep Hygiene? (

Understanding Anger (Causes And Management)

See my posts:

Theories Of Causes Of Anger And Borderline Personality Disordernger

Childhood Trauma Increases Chances Of Being Both A Perpetrator And A Victim Of Crime And Violence

Understanding Triggers

See my post: Trauma Triggers – Definition And Examples


See: Tackling Negative Thoughts With Distraction Techniques (MIND)



Other posts about emotional instability, its causes, and treatments include:


David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).