Trauma is what some professionals define as “a deeply disturbing and distressing experience that one has endured”. Various situations and experiences can lead to an individual feeling traumatized. A few traumatic experiences can be physical abuse, sexual abuse, a car accident, war, grief, natural disasters, divorce, both mental and physical illnesses.
Trauma in children can have long lasting effects. If not treated immediately, it could lead to major mental health issues when they become an adult.
The Symptoms of Trauma
Trauma symptoms are both physical and mental. Here are the symptoms of trauma:
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
- Disbelief and shock
- Feelings of confusion
Physical Symptoms of Trauma
- Cold sweats
- Shaking or trembling
- Stressed and wandering mind
- Rapid breathing
- Racing heartbeats
- Feelings of dizziness or feeling light heated
- Tightening of the stomach or churning
- Feeling choked up with lumps in the throat
How You Can Put an End to Trauma
Getting over a traumatic experience can be quite difficult, but it’s not impossible. There’s plenty of ways to deal with your feelings and just simply let go. If we let trauma hold us back, we’ll lose out on moving on and enjoying life. Here are some tips that can help with putting an end to trauma:
Relax or Take Some Time Out for You To Relax
Have plenty of rest or sleep. This is good for both mental and physical health. You can do other methods of relaxing as well like taking a long soak in the tub, watching movies, reading books, listening to music and etc. Whichever method works best for you, go and do it. It’s also good to learn some breathing exercises as this relaxes the body and mind. Yoga is also a great way to relax.
Set A Routine
By setting a routine in your life, it will bring a sense of stability and it also makes it easier for you to go about your day.
Minimize Memories and Even Media or Anything Related to the Traumatic Experience:
If there’s anything at all that will remind you of your traumatic experience, remove it or get rid of it. You should also minimize time watching shows or movies that are not advised for sensitive viewers. In fact, watching disturbing shows can create an effect on someone who’s not even related to a traumatic event.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle:
Some people may not believe this, but eating healthy foods can help with mental issues. Most fruits and vegetables are great antioxidants, which aid in making you feel better. Plan a healthy diet for yourself and make time for exercise. Remember that exercise is good for both physical and mental health. Take long walks, try a few home exercises or you can even sign up for a gym class like yoga.
Spend Time with Your Loved Ones:
Your friends and family members can help you with overcoming your feelings of trauma. Surround yourself with positive people, those who care about you and love you no matter what.
Find a Hobby:
If you don’t really know what to do with your spare time or don’t really have a hobby, then, it’s time for you to explore your options. Try swimming, martial arts, dance class, long walks in the park or the beach and anything else that’s available for you. Whatever is at your disposal, make good use of it. You can also meet new people this way.
If All Fails…
If nothing is working for you and your condition is getting worse, then, it’s time to take the next step. Consult a trauma counselor if your condition is making you feel worse, both mentally and physically. A trauma specialist can help you with accepting and dealing with your feelings. They can also help you get through this rough patch in your life.