Sadly many of us have experienced some sort of trauma in our lives. An event that we can’t seem to shake or forget. It often affects our current relationships and can even end up being a roadblock in terms of finding happiness or security or even trusting in others.
The interesting thing about trauma is that the healing process takes time although it may never go away. Typically the most intense trauma symptoms last from a few days to a few months. Gradually they fade over time and may not overwhelm your thoughts every day, however, you may still be affected from time to time when something triggers those memories.
Luckily there are a few things you can do to begin your road to recovery or at least coping with your trauma in a healthier manner.
- Get your body moving. Even just 15 to 20 minutes a day can help. A simple walk and breathing some fresh air. The reason being that of course there as physical benefits, but more than that it, exercise is rhythmic. It is something that represents consistency and pattern. When we feel emotionally lost or overwhelmed consistency can create a sense of security. Not only that, it allows your mind to be distracted. It allows you to focus on your body and its strength rather than your mind. After all, when the body is strong the mind is strong.
- Don’t cut people off. Most people when they are suffering or in pain tend to want to be alone. They don’t want to burden others with what they are going through. However, meeting with your friends and loved ones doesn’t mean you have to talk about what you are going through. In fact, sometimes being distracted and feeling engaged and supported without talking about the issue can help. On the other hand if you feel you need support, don’t be afraid to ask for it. The people that care about you the most will have no problem being a shoulder to cry on or just a sounding board if you need to get you thoughts and feelings out there.
- Take care of your health. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat well, drink water. The stronger your body feels, the stronger your mental and emotional state. Do what you can to stay calm. Light candles, listen to soothing music, try lavender scents, focus on your breathing. It can do wonders if you are able to maintain or create your own sense of calm.
There are other things you can do to deal with your trauma and pain and start to feel a little more in control. However, we can all use a little extra help sometimes. OnlifeCoach as certified coaches specializing in pain and trauma management. Book a session with a coach and they will be able to cater a healing process specifically to your needs and what you are going through. Just remember you are never alone, and healing and happiness is possible.