Introduction to the STAIR Coach app

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Interpersonal Regulation, or STAIR, is a psychotherapy for PTSD. STAIR can help you address problems you may
have with emotions and relationships, especially for people who have experienced trauma. The STAIR Coach app can be used by itself
or alongside STAIR therapy. Let’s take a look at the main features of
the app. The “Understand Trauma” section offers
tools to help you explore how trauma may affect you. Use the “My Trauma Impact” tool to measure how
trauma has impacted your emotions and relationships. Check the statements that are true for you. Briefly describe how you have coped. Rate how healthy your strategies are, and
how your behaviors work for you long-term. You’ll receive a summary of your responses
and you can review these at any time to measure your progress as you practice STAIR. Feelings can become overwhelming or shut down
after trauma. Use the “My Feelings” tool to practice
describing how you feel. Use the distress meter to record your current
level of distress. View a summary of how you feel today or how
your feelings have changed over time. You can set a reminder to record your feelings
every day. Each section of the app offers a series of
short readings. If you are working with a therapist, you may
be asked to read them outside of your sessions. Mark your favorite readings with a star so
you can easily find them later. In the “Calm My Body” section of the app
you can learn how trauma affects your body and how to take better care of yourself. Learn to use focused breathing, muscle relaxation,
and soothing exercises when you need help calming your body. The “My Self Care Plan” tool can guide
you through making a commitment to improve your self-care. Choose an area you’d like to focus on and
then set a goal for how you’ll better care for yourself. Plan what you will do to meet your self-care
goal. The tools in the “Adjust My Thinking”
section of the app can help you understand how trauma affects your thoughts and emotions. Use the app’s tools to examine your negative
thoughts and practice thinking about things other than your worries. Try the exercises to see if they help you
feel calmer. In “Change My Behavior” you can learn
how trauma affects what you do and how to behave in healthier ways, such reaching out
to people who might be able to help. You can also find crisis resources here. Add contact information for people you trust
so you can easily reach out when you need support. In the “Tolerate Distress” section, you
can learn skills to help yourself achieve important goals. The “My Goals” tool can help you identify
stressful situations you may need to experience in order to reach your goals. For instance, if your goal is to find a better
job, you may have to put yourself in situations that are distressing. Ask yourself if tolerating distress is worth
it to meet your goal. Choose a tool that can help you get through
the uncomfortable situation. In the “Manage Relationships” section
of the app you can find tools to help you practice healthy relationship skills. Learn how to turn a “You” statement into an “I”
statement using the “My ‘I’ Messages” tool. This can help you communicate your feelings. First, describe what someone did that affected
you. Then, describe how it made you feel. Describe why you felt that way with a “because”
statement. Using “I Messages” can help you communicate
your feelings without blaming the other person. Set a daily reminder to write an “I Message”
you can refer to later. By teaching you to better manage your emotions
and relationships, STAIR Coach can help you feel better. Download STAIR Coach today.>>Text: LEARN MORE ABOUT PTSD AT www.ptsd.va.gov>>Graphic: VA Logo and Seal

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