Tension and stress are a part and parcel of routine life. It is not possible to banish them altogether. However, when the two result from a traumatic event, it becomes important to make deliberate efforts to contain them. The event might be anything, ranging from human tragedy to natural disaster to serious health problems, the aftermath of which is causing you sleepless nights. However, you need to learn how to cope with trauma, if you want to live your life just like it was before the traumatic events. In this regard, the tips given below will prove to be useful.
Coping With Traumatic Events
Use The Support
If there are people who are aware of the trauma that you have just underwent, they would surely offer to help you deal with it, especially if they care about you. Don't shun them away. Rather, let them come to your aid, be it through assisting you carry out the routine tasks or lending a patient ear to you. It will not only make you feel better, but also make them happy at being able to help you get over the traumatic event. Remember, this is what our loved ones are for!
Face Your Feelings
In order to get over something, you first need to face it and accept the facts. The way you do it, is entirely up to you. You might write down your feeling in a journal or just talk about them, with a friend or family member. Remember, it is very important for you to put down your feelings into words. The more you ignore them, the more will they come back to haunt you. Don't be an escapist. Face the turmoil that is going inside you and get over it for good.
Care For Yourself
In order to heal yourself emotionally, you need to take care of your physical health as well. Do not forget to follow a healthy diet and get enough sleep. Depriving yourself of the two will only worsen the problems. You should also indulge in a bit of exercise, to keep yourself fit and your body functioning at its best. Remember, 'healthy mind resides in a healthy body'. Try to relieve the stress by indulging in activities that give you pleasure, like watching a comedy movie, reading a good book, gardening or listening to soft music.
Don't Lose Patience
Most of the people who have just gone through traumatic incidents in their life tend to be harsh on themselves. They often end up wondering whether the excessive emotional burnout is a sign of weakness on their part. However, they need to be a bit more kind on their own self. It is very natural for a person to not behave like himself/ herself after going through a shattering event. You need to be patient, accept your feelings and reactions and let yourself heal with time.
Enlist Professional Help
It is natural to feel shattered after going through a traumatic event. However, if you feel that you are experiencing invasive thoughts and feelings, have started having recurrent nightmares or have not slept well since ages, then it might do well to seek professional help. Don’t be ashamed of doing so. Normal people can also seek counseling and rather than being a weakness, it represents a positive effort on your part, to get over the trauma.