A trauma is any unpleasant experience you have been through that emotionally distresses you. It could be any experience; a road accident, loss of loved one, war situation or anything that scares you.
Such bitter memories are not easy to let go of and hence you need patience to be able to accept it and move forward, rather than trying to forget about it. It is vital that you don’t go through it alone, but take the support of your family and friends so that you don’t feel alone. So here are some steps to follow to overcome trauma.
- Practicing emotional self-care
You need to accept your emotions rather than running away from them. After the experience if you feel a fear towards it, for example some people fear driving after a road accident, then you need to admit to your feelings using mindfulness. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on your feelings. Notice how your body responses when faced with your fears. Of course you might be fighting your physical battles; maybe you are undergoing spine treatment in Singapore or practicing to walk again after knee injury. To successfully recover from these physical injuries, you need to have mental strength and that can be taken by reflecting on your emotions. Recognize your triggers and stay away from them until you are ready to. Make a list of what scares you, maybe clown or a sound that reminds you of the accident. You can then develop a plan to better manage your fears.
- Get social support
As mentioned before, you need to get all the mental support you possibly can get. Many people push their loved ones away and tend to stay alone. This is very unhealthy and can even result in severe depression. You need to confide in people you trust, tell them how you feel, let them know how they can help you. These people might not have a solution to your problems, but they will at least listen to you and you will surely feel much lighter when you share your sorrows with someone. You can even join a support group where you’ll meet others who have gone through similar experiences. Maybe you can collectively overcome your trauma, helping each other out.
- Treat traumatic stress
You might feel anxiety or depression along the way so find a good therapist that can help you with your problems, especially if you develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Try gradual exposure to the trauma; however don’t do this without professional advice and support.