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159. It's OK to Check Out (as long as you check back in)

In this episode of the Joy Lab podcast, we explore the phenomenon of dissociation or what is sometimes called "going offline." We want to highlight that this can be a very natural survival mechanism in response to stress and trauma. It's not all bad. We'll talk about the pros and cons of going offline; share some personal experiences of how dissociation can show up; and provide strategies for grounding, skill building, and reconnecting. 


Watch this episode on YouTube.


Key moments: 

00:00 Welcome to the Joy Lab Podcast

00:38 Here's The Topic: Dissociation

01:51 Understanding Dissociation as a Survival Mechanism

06:19 Personal Experiences with Dissociation

08:29 Strategies to Reconnect and Ground Yourself

09:57 The Importance of Trauma-Informed Support

15:04 Building New Patterns and Coping Skills

16:01 Closing Thoughts and Wisdom


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