trauma self-help strategies

Don’t isolate yourself.
Following a trauma, you may want to withdraw from others. But isolation makes things worse. Connecting to others will help you heal, so make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone.

Ask for support. It’s important to talk about your feelings and ask for the help you need. Turn to a trusted family member, friend, counselor, or clergyman. You may also want to join a support group for trauma survivors. Support groups are especially helpful if your personal support network is limited.

Establish a daily routine. In order to stay grounded after a trauma, it helps to have a structured schedule to follow. Try to stick to a daily routine, with regular times for waking, sleeping, eating, working. Make sure to schedule time for relaxing, social activities, and exercise.

Take care of your health. A healthy body increases your ability to cope with stress. Get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and eat a well-balanced diet. It’s also important to avoid alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drug use, even prescription tranquilisers, can worsen your trauma symptoms and exacerbate feelings of depression, anxiety, and isolation.

Be patient with yourself. You need some time to recover and for a while you are likely to experience some distress and you will not be your normal self. But you are also very likely to recover naturally within a few weeks or even days.

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