Traumatic stress occurs as a result of traumatic events in your life or the lives of others. It can result from war, an accident, or even a natural disaster. Symptoms of trauma can be crippling and difficult to overcome. Your sense of security has been shattered leaving you feeling helpless and vulnerable. How can you begin coping with trauma? Should you try to deal with it on your own?
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
One of the best ways of coping with trauma is to seek professional help. Trained counselors and therapists are available in your community to deal with all types of trauma. They’ll evaluate your personal circumstances and advise you on proper coping methods.
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an extreme response to trauma that may last for many months after a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks of the traumatic event, avoidance of things that remind you of the event, being easily startled, or having trouble sleeping. Educate yourself about these and other symptoms to see if you should seek professional help.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE
Your family or friends may understand your experiences and what you are going through. Those who understand are usually able to support you the best. In addition to family or friends, there may be a trauma support group in your area you can attend. When coping with trauma, it’s good to be with those who care about you and make you feel good about yourself.
BE PATIENT WITH YOUR FEELINGS
Understand that recovering from trauma is a process that takes time. Through the slow process of healing you’ll be better able to cope with your memories and symptoms. Over time you’ll gain confidence and be better able to manage your feelings. In the meantime, be kind to yourself.
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST
Telling someone you trust about your story can be very therapeutic. It can lift a lot of the stress from your shoulders. Someone you trust can offer you a different point of view and may teach you something you never thought of before. If you don’t know of anyone to share your story with, you can look to a counselor, minister, or someone in your faith community for help.
Everyone deals with stress differently. You may be more sensitive than others. If your traumatic stress symptoms haven’t improved within a few months, you may need help coping with trauma. If you’re not sure if you need professional guidance or help, call us today. We’ll be happy to offer you free advice and point you in the right direction. www.yourgraymatters.com