Dealing With A Trauma

Following a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Engage in periods of appropriate physical exercise, alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions
  • Structure your time and keep busy
  • Don't label yourself- your normal and having normal reactions
  • Talk to people that care- its probably your best medicine
  • Be aware of numbing the pain with overuse of drugs or alcohol, you don't need to complicate this with substance abuse problems
  • Reach out- people do care
  • Maintain as normal a schedule as possible
  • Spend time with others
  • Help your co-workers as much as possible by sharing feelings and checking out how they are doing
  • Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others
  • Keep a journal; write your way through those sleepless hours
  • Do things that feel good to you
  • Realize those around are under stress too!
  • Don't make big life changes
  • Do make as many daily decisions as possible which will give you a feeling of control over your life, i.e. if someone asks you what you want to eat- answer them even if your not sure
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Reoccurring thoughts, dreams, or flashbacks are normal-don't try to fight them-they'll decrease over time and become less painful
  • Eat well-balanced and regular meals (even if you don't feel like it)
  • Remember to breathe

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