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Coping with Trauma

After going through a stressful event, it is only natural that you might feel more emotional, more stressed out, and less able to deal with the aftermath and the rest of your life, than before.

Trauma is all too common in the modern world and it can be devastating for your mental health, which is why, below, I’ve put together some tips to help you deal with the trauma in your life.

Seek support

If you are suffering from trauma, then the best thing you can do is seek support from professionals like the team at The Insight Clinic. They will help you to come to terms with whatever happened to you to cause a trauma response, and they will help you to heal your brain for a happier, healthier future.

Focus on what is important

When you have suffered a trauma, then everyday life is going to feel so much harder for you than it did before, so it is a good idea to work out which things are most important to you and focus on them. Get rid of any unnecessary distractions for a while and allow yourself time to think and heal even if that means eating takeout instead of cooking for a while or taking some time away from work.

Practice stress relief

Stress is a big part of the trauma response, so if you want to cope better, it is a good idea to do whatever you can to de-stress. This could mean doing a yoga class or learning how to meditate, going for long walks in nature, reading a good book or heading to a local spa for a massage – it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it helps you to relax and melt your stresses away.

Journal

Traumatic experiences can change your life forever and leave you wondering who you are. One thing that can really help you to come to terms with them is journaling. Simply take 15 minutes each day to write down all of your thoughts and feelings and it will help you not only to process them, but also to lighten your mental load too. Once they’re out there, even if just on paper, it’s easier to stop your thoughts from troubling you so much.  Both of my girls like to draw and when they are having a rough day I hand them a piece of paper and a pen and let them draw to their hearts content.  It helps tremendously!

Practice self-care

Avoid doing too much and burning yourself outy and focus on doing important things to help you feel better from decluttering your home to gardening to learning how to fold origami birds. You need to focus on yourself and make yourself feel good in any way you can if you want to start overcoming your trauma.

Focus on the present

If things get tough and you start to panic, focus on five things you can see, hear, smell, touch and taste right now to bring you into the present moment and prevent panic from overwhelming you.

If you are experiencing trauma, you really do not have to suffer in silence seek help, do as many of the above as possible and start to get your life back on an even keel.

 

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