PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be one of the hardest things to experience. It is actually hard to write about because I believe everyone experiences it differently.
Trauma is unique to the individual. What is traumatic to one person may not be as much to another.
Every one has heard of major trauma, such as illness, accidents, death, witnessing something traumatic, major life events such as job loss, war, or losing something or someone.
Other common traumas include bullying, poverty, abuses of any kind such as sexual, emotional, physical and domestic.
Trauma can be (acute) shorter acting, or (chronic) affecting you in the long term. Sometimes we have PTSD and do not even realize that is what it is.
Here are some tips to think about if you are experiencing or have experienced trauma in your own life….
1. Ask for help and share your story. Seek out a therapist and just talk it out, talk about it as much and as often as you need to so it can lose its impact over time and help you gain new perspective. Seek a therapist if you need more professional help. We are trained to know what to focus on.
2. Some common symptoms of trauma can be depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, nightmares, flashbacks and hyper vigilance.
3. Realize it’s a process of change and growth. What kind of healing do you need? Find that answer within and take small steps to get there.
4. You are not alone. Someone somewhere is this world has been through something like you or worse. But know that this will not necessarily make your pain easier. This is your unique journey.
5. Be in the moment and take time for self care. What does that mean to you? Carving out time for cooking healthy meals, baths and showers, walking, being outside, cleaning, or just relaxing more to get in touch with your inner self and what you need.
6. Understand your symptoms, are you depressed or anxious? Are you having grief? Are you self destructing? Is the trauma affecting your life and family, or is this something that you can handle with time and support? Know the answers to these questions so you can find the right supports and treatment for you!!
7. Choose to be a survivor. Mother nature is a process of continual renewal and growth. We are all one with this universe. While no one knows how you feel, at some point you have to say, I will find a way to survive this.
8. Help others, this is one of the best ways to get outside of yourself and your own problems. And the magic is when we help others we ultimately help ourselves!
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have“