Trauma is something that changes your mind body and soul. How do you move forward after experiencing traumatic events? This article will cover three pieces of advice to help cope and recover from damaging events.
1. Seek Counseling or Professional Help
When coming out of a negative situation it can be hard to contemplate how you’re feeling. You may experience multiple different emotions, and you may not feel like you have someone to talk to about these feelings. Letting these thoughts fester will not help you move forward from the trauma you have experienced.
Talking to a counselor or physiatrist gives you an option to vent to a third party without judgment. While it may be nice to talk to family or friends in your time of need, it may help you feel more comfortable opening up to a professional.
This enables you to get the weight off your shoulders, and possibly get further assistance (medication, additional resources, etc.).
2. Deal with your Emotions
After experiencing trauma, it can feel easier to brush your emotions under the rug. Doing this long term can affect your mental and physical health. Suppressing your feelings can cause migraines, heart issues, anxiety, depression, and can even put you at higher risk for cancer.
It is important to understand that you will experience many different emotions after experiencing traumatic events. That is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. In order to cope with these strong emotions some things you may be able to do are:
3. Find Yourself (Self Love)
I think this is the most important piece of advice for a trauma survivor. No matter what type of trauma you may have experienced, you often lose yourself amid the events, and even after when you are trying to cope with what happened.
Remind yourself daily that you matter and that your life isn’t over because of these horrific events that have occurred. Self-love is very important and needs to be taken seriously. Speak kind words to yourself throughout the day and partake in activities that bring you joy. Such as traveling, reading a good book, taking a long bath, go back to school, or even just watching a good movie are all activities that may help give your sense of self back. Take the time to remind yourself of what makes you happy and what direction you would like your future to go.