Five Tips to Heal from PTSD
A painful event, a tragic loss, an extremely stressful incident, all of this could leave a lasting negative impact on your brain and impact your mental health significantly. The memory from this event might haunt you for several days, weeks, months, or years.
Have you ever seen a war veteran getting uncomfortable at the mention of war or watching movies that recreate war scenes? That’s because they mentally relive the trauma of war, which impacts their mental health all over again. Experts refer to this as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
However, PTSD is now just associated with massively traumatic events like war. That’s only one of the popular misconceptions. In reality, any event that’s stressful to your mind will lead to PTSD. Unless you get professional assistance, it is hard to remedy the situation as flashbacks from the trauma can affect your everyday functioning. However, until you get professional help or as an add-on to the professional assistance, these tips could help you deal with PTSD by making a few changes to your lifestyle and the way you think.
Meditation is the process of channeling your energies into one place and focusing on something more pleasant and peaceful. You could use a guided meditation session online, listen to some relaxing music, or just breathe slowly as you shift your energy and focus to a more pleasant thought process. However, it might not seem as easy as it seems because initially, you would have the toughest time dealing with the thoughts and flashbacks from the traumatic event.
Findings from numerous research suggest that meditation is very effective in dealing with PTSD. So, start practicing meditation regularly, and you would start noticing a difference. One of the researches also suggests that meditation helps better than most other PTSD treatments.
Indulge in a Hobby
Channel your energy and thoughts into something you love. When you’re feeling low, and you are dealing with trauma, it gets difficult to focus your energy on positive things. And then, you’re reliving the trauma over and over again. Instead, you could focus your energies on following a passion, hobby, or creative pursuit. When you express creatively, express your emotions. And art therapy is gaining popularity across the globe for the same reason.
And by art therapy, it need not be something that’s a museum-worthy piece of art. You could do anything that amuses you, feels like you’re pushing your energy in the right direction. You could also get into the habit of coloring, sketching, dancing, or singing. Anything that feels like it’s getting the built-up emotions out of your body to toss it out the right way.
Focus on Physical Activity
Depression makes it difficult for you to even get out of bed. The thought of even moving a muscle seems so stressful and painful. And that’s only making your condition worse. So, step out in the open, go for a run, and let the fresh air caress your hair.
Even a few minutes of exercise will increase the level of endorphins in your body and leave you happy. However, doing this will not make an instant change in the way you think and feel. It will only help you take your mind off the traumatic event and help your body heal.
Talk It Out
We understand that it might be challenging to talk about the traumatic event. It takes you back there, and you end up reliving the trauma. However, remember that it will only help you come to terms with the event. Think of the pain as trash that take up a lot of space in your otherwise beautiful heart and mind. As you let the trash stay, it starts to rot and leaves an unbearable stench in the rest of the place. It starts leaving a bad taste even on the good memories and moments you have in life.
So stop hiding the trash and sweeping it under the carpet. Instead, talk it out, get the trash out, and flush it out of your system. It is fine to cry it out, scream, or breakdown while sharing what you went through and how it made you feel. It is important to acknowledge your trauma, label your emotions, and stop blaming yourself. This would be the first and the most important step to healing yourself.
Remember that it is perfectly fine to feel the way you do, and there’s no shame in that. Do not let people pull you down by calling your suffering as something that’s only “in your head.” Instead, focus on healing yourself and surrounding yourself with people who are willing to help you. Consult a psychologist and let the professional guide you in the process of healing.
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