Have the courage to heal from your traumatic experience(s) and find yourself and be yourself.
Disclaimer: This is in no way intended to represent or replace medical advice. If you have questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider without delay.
Acknowledge the emotions you’re going through and what happened.
Don’t live in denial or try to “brush yourself up” quickly, and move on like nothing happened. Feel it. Acknowledge what happened and how it makes you feel. Allow yourself feel what you feel when you feel it. Be honest with yourself. It’s going to be hard, but it is necessary.
Pay attention to your health. Take care of your body and your mind.
They say having a healthy body can increase your ability to cope with the stress of trauma, and I believe it. Get moving dear, and take back control. Exercise religiously. Meditate, and engage in mindful breathing. Eat healthy. Avoid alcohol and drugs. Get plenty of sleep. You need to.
Don’t isolate yourself. Don’t withdraw from others. You need that connection.
You’re hurting. You may feel scared, or that no one would understand. You may feel angry at yourself, and at the world. It’s okay. But it won’t help if you isolate yourself, sweetheart. You need to connect with someone and share your feelings face to face with someone who will listen attentively without judging you. Ask for support. Participate in minor social activities and get your mental energy juices flowing. Find new healthy relationships. You can do it.
Be patient with yourself.
It’s very important that you see this as a healing process, and be patient with yourself. There’s no timeframe for recovering from a trauma. And if there is, there shouldn’t be. Even when you’re feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time by painful memories or emotions. Know that’s okay. As long as you’re committed to healing, you’ll heal.
Know when to seek professional help.
It may be too hard to heal on your own. If you’re having trouble functioning at home or work, or suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression, unable to form close, satisfying relationships, experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks, and deliberately avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma, or you’re emotionally numb and disconnected from others, or using alcohol or drugs to feel better, you need to seek professional help from a therapist. Don’t be scared. Choose a trauma specialist you feel comfortable and safe with. You’ll be okay.
Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got.
I hope you found this helpful.
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