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There are several types of trauma. All of us going through some type of trauma in our lives and it can be devastating. The important part of overcoming trauma is continuing to live life and continue to try and find joy and comfort in everyday things to keep us going.
1. Remind yourself that you are safe, loved and that YOU matter
No matter what type of trauma we go through we need to remember that trauma is trauma and it affects us. Reminding yourself every day that you are worth it and that you are stronger because of your trauma can give you a sense of positivity in a tough part in your life.
Make a list of all the things you have accomplished and overcame. This list will show that you are not weak, you are strong and that when you keep your mind on the prize you can accomplish anything.
2. Surround yourself with loved ones
Surrounding yourself with positivity whether that may be family or friends. Isolating yourself is one of the worst things you can do. Isolation can lead to overwhelming amounts of depression. Keeping yourself busy and surrounding yourself with support can bring comfort even if you may not realize it. Also being surrounded by love can give you the lift you need to remind you that you are loved and worth it.
3. Release some of the emotion
This may sound like a weird one. Letting your emotions of how you feel about what happened can take the tension of build of everything you feel. Holding everything in can result in panic attacks which aren’t fun. Whether you need to be alone to punch, throw, or scream do it. Feeling a million different emotions after trauma is normal, release them.
Here are some links to a couple of books that can help you understand trauma and more coping mechanisms.
4. Be Mindful
Go outside, do the things you enjoy, be present. This is important being present can take your mind off of the problem. Doing things you enjoy or seeing something breathe taking, brings you the joy you need. Take a deep breathe and think about how beautiful the sunset is or reading a book escaping to a fantasy world can be such a relief.
5. Try to think positive
Everyone struggles with this but it is really important. Thinking positive can help improve your mood which you need during this time.
When something goes wrong take a step back take a deep breath and try to find humor in it.
Look back on bad situations you went through then think about what that bad event lead to, I’m betting it lead to at least one good thing or many.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”