At some point in your life, you will undoubtedly go through a traumatic experience of one kind or another. And when you do, you may experience lingering, lasting effects. You’ll bring the trauma with you through your life, replaying it in your mind over and over, trying to figure out what went wrong. 

Fortunately, there are ways to get past the trauma. People do it all the time.

Here’s our advice:

Avoid Isolating Yourself

After you go through a traumatic experience isolating yourself feels natural. You want to avoid any danger in the future, so sitting in your home with your back against the wall is the safest place to be. 

However, if you want to move forward, it’s a good idea to have other people around. The more you can talk and process a traumatic event, the easier it becomes to manage. You don’t want to spend months and years in your home too worried to leave. What you need is closure. 

Get Professional Help

Talking to empathetic family and friends can help you move past trauma and get on with your life. However, there’s nothing like speaking with a professional. They’re trained to actually help you get past your trauma and provide real legal assistance. Maze Law PLLC, for instance, helps you figure out whether you’re owed financial compensation. Psychological professionals can also help you with techniques, like CBT, to help you manage your feelings better. 

Get Involved In A Support Group

No matter what kind of traumatic experiences you’ve had, there are other people out there who have been through something similar. Discussing your feelings with them in a group helps you feel less alone. Plus, they can offer tips and advice on how to make your life more manageable. They can even show you some techniques to return your life to normal. You don’t have to live with trauma forever in many cases. 

Face Up To Your Trauma

Facing up to your trauma is one of the most difficult things you can do in your life. But confronting it head-on is usually the only way to get over it. The goal is to become “okay” with your memories of what happened, not avoid them. Once you process them, you can usually rationalize them and then move on with your life. 

Start Exercising More

Coming back from a traumatic experience often involves getting back in touch with your body. We suggest that you start exercising more. It helps you “feel again,” and provides feel-good hormones that let you avoid depression and other similar symptoms. 

Be Curious About Your Body

After a traumatic experience, try listening carefully to what your body is telling you. Do things that feel good and make you happy. Take a long warm bath, read in a quiet room or go for a massage. Whatever it is, ensure that you pamper yourself. Positive physical sensations can have enormous benefits for your peace of mind. They remind you that you are not your trauma. There are plenty of other experiences you can have besides. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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