Trauma often brings shock. Truly horrible events occur around us every day, and no one is spared. What differs between person to person is how we deal with the trauma in our lives. Some people can cope in healthy ways and move on with their lives. Of course, they don’t completely forget the trauma; it just doesn’t rule their life anymore. For others, however, trauma and shock rule their world. They cannot move on after the event, and they experience long-term effects stemming from the event. Those whose daily lives are compromised well after the event may find themselves dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These individuals may also turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings about the traumatic event. Luckily, there are ways in which you can get through these effects of the trauma in a healthy way. Try out some of these tips if you find yourself struggling after trauma.
Take care of yourself
Make sure you are getting enough food, water, and sleep. We don’t mean junk food or a nap. Your body needs enough healthy food to fuel itself. You also need an adequate amount of water to hydrate yourself throughout the day. Lastly, your brain and body need to heal itself after the traumatic event. They do this through sleep. Making sure you are taking care of your whole well-being is an important step toward recovery from a traumatic event.
Release pent up energy
After a traumatic event, your body probably has a lot of pent up energy that it needs to release. This energy can take the form of anger after the traumatic event. It’s essential to release this energy by doing a physical activity that exerts a good amount of energy. This helps to de-stress your brain and body.
Another thing you can do for yourself after a traumatic event is to retreat in a healthy way. You don’t want to isolate yourself from friends and family completely, but you do want to remove yourself from any toxic situations. These toxic situations could include triggering interactions with other people or situations which bring on the “fight-or-flight” response. Removing yourself from your triggers helps to keep you safe and gives you a reprieve from the trauma.
Connect with others
Connecting with others who love and care about you can help you feel supported and cherished. You may not want sympathy from others, but empathy is necessary. You need to feel the love and support of those around you.
Ask for help
Trauma support groups can be beneficial for those who are struggling with their feelings after a common event. They can also be helpful if you are feeling alone in your situation. Finding an individual therapist can also help you get past your feelings if you feel like you are unable to cope on your own.
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