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Getting out of trauma

:>ยฐyouโ€™ve ever been through a highly stressful event or series of events, youโ€™ve been through a traumatic experience. A feeling of helplessness, horror, and in some cases, the challenges of a serious injury (or the threat of one) are common after these events. There are many ways you can help yourself get through it.


Join a Support Group

Talking over what youโ€™re going through with others whoโ€™ve had the same experience, or are still going through it, can be helpful after a trauma. Not only will groups like these lift you up, they can give you tips on how to deal with whatโ€™s happening. Your doctor or mental health expert can point you to local support groups, or you can find one online.


Face It (Donโ€™t Avoid It)

As tempting as it may be to try to ignore or forget a traumatic event, a key ingredient in recovery is learning to be OK with your memories of it and the things that trigger them without trying to avoid them. Facing your feelings head-on is important because you want to be able to take care of them in a way that helps you move forward.


Get out and move. Experts say itโ€™s one of the most effective ways to handle the aftereffects of a traumatic event. Deep breathing, gentle stretching, and walking are all good choices. If you want your exercise plan to be a bit more challenging, that can help, too. Donโ€™t force things, though. If youโ€™re tired, itโ€™s OK to rest.


Listen to Your Body

Your body (and mind) will tell you what to do to heal. Eat healthy meals. Rest when you get a chance. Do things that make you happy. Take a bath. Work toward a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed and wake up at about the same time each night in a cool, dark, quiet room. Read. Do something with friends. Go for a nice stroll. Watch a ballgame. Go to a play. Whatever makes you feel good, take the time to treat yourself.

Stay Away From Alcohol

A drink to bring on sleep or to take off the edge is one way some choose to go through the stress of a traumatic event. Theyโ€™re trying to numb the emotions or forget things. It may feel like itโ€™s working in the short term, but it can do damage in the long run. The problem is, if the stress continues, alcohol (or drug) use may continue, too. That could lead to mental and physical problems and long-term dependence.


You can ease the stress of traumatic events by stepping back, taking stock of your life, and concentrating on whatโ€™s important. Strengthen bonds with family, friends, and community. Reassess personal goals and come up with a plan to reach them. Volunteer and give a little more to charity. All of these things can help overcome the stress of Trauma


One response to “Getting out of trauma”

  1. So so informative

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