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5 Healthy Ways to Cope with Traumatic Events

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Whether it’s due to a natural disaster, act of violence, or an accident, it’s crucial to address all potential triggers that may arise from trauma. While this process can leave you struggling with difficult emotions, anxiety, and memories that can be challenging to overcome, you have different coping mechanisms you can consider and slowly recover from the mental and emotional turmoil. Here are five of them:

1. Seek support from loved ones

The people surrounding you impact how fast your recovery will be. That is why you need to keep a circle of friends and family members with whom you’ll feel connected. Sharing your fears and concerns with trusted individuals offers validation and comfort. It also reminds you that you’re not alone. 

You can also consider networking with others who are familiar with your situation. Join relevant online communities and local support groups committed to supporting trauma survivors. You’ll get a comfortable, safe space to exchange perspectives and stories, giving you a sense of self-belonging.

2. Engage in meaningful activities

Look for activities that make you feel lively and refreshed, whether immersing yourself in nature or engaging in creative works. It will foster a sense of meaning and purpose, restoring hope and normalcy. Alternatively, you could enrol in a volunteering work with local charity organisations or in an area you’re interested in. This could be participating in an environmental conservation programme and allocating time for it. Apart from the increased socialisation opportunities, it also brings fulfilment, which is one step closer to reclaiming your life.

3. Consider professional help

Mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and counsellors, have specialised training and experience in helping individuals navigate traumatic experiences. They may use different modalities, like EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to deal with the trauma. 

Many online counseling services are available, bringing more convenience and time saving. Various communication methods allow clients to choose the format that best suits their preferences and comfort level. As you look for online counselling services, look at the team’s level of expertise. This will guide you in determining their suitability for handling your needs. Confirm if they accept a wide range of insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

4. Practise mindfulness

Mindfulness aims to train you to be entirely focused in the moment, which helps you detach from events and thoughts from the past. This also helps you easily overcome deep emotions and experiences, allowing better clarity. The impact isn’t instant, but you’ll gradually reduce the emotional intensity. Depending on your schedule, have specific hours weekly for yoga and meditation sessions. You’ll be quick to accept what happened and learn to move on.

5. Prioritise self-care

Despite the challenges of trauma, it’s crucial to prioritise your well-being and maintain balance in life. This means not overlooking a healthy lifestyle where you’ll stick to the best habits like eating healthily, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Remain consistent by having a well-set timetable showing the day’s activity highlights. 

Pace yourself to push your limits without straining yourself. Be gentle and give yourself permission to rest and recharge when needed. Avoid unhealthy practices like taking alcohol and smoking, which are known foes for mental health.

Endnote

Traumatic events can seem complex due to their huge impact on a victim’s life, but with the right approaches, it’s possible to overcome them. Start with accepting the situation and looking for practical ways of improving your emotional and mental state. Remember to be patient with yourself and allow yourself time to heal.




Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle. 

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