Trauma can contribute to shut down, meltdown, physical pain, difficulty communicating, aggression, anxiety, and/or self-injurious behavior. This section includes ideas and supports that can promote coping skills during this very stressful time. One strategy is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique to remain present in the moment, by noticing feelings and events that are occurring, such as what sounds you are hearing or what you see in your surroundings. Mindfulness can help reduce stress.