August 17, 2011
Health Tip: Dealing With the Aftermath of Traumatic Stress
Suggestions to help you heal
(HealthDay News) -- Traumatic stress reactions sometimes develops in people who live through or witness a dangerous or terrifying event.
The American Psychological Association mentions these suggestions to help you cope with these feelings:
- Be patient as you allow yourself time to recover and heal. Recognize that the process takes time.
- Reach out to friends and family for support, and figure out the method of communication that's easiest for you.
- Check local support groups for people who have gone through traumatic stress. Look for groups led by trained professionals.
- Turn to healthy ways of coping with stress, including exercise, rest and eating a healthy diet.
- Create a regular routine that you can follow each day.
- Try to help others when possible. This can help you regain a sense of control.
- Try not to make any life-changing decisions while recovering from traumatic stress.
- Seek help from a mental health professional if you continue suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress that disrupt your daily life.