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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