When you’re faced with a traumatic event in your life, coming to terms and dealing with the long-lasting effects of trauma are often challenging. It’s an area that many people struggle with and the impact of a traumatic event varies widely from person to person. Even when you’ve dealt with the initial shock and emotions of a traumatic event, issues associated with the event can continue to plague you for long after.
If you’re struggling to deal with the lasting effects of trauma, you shouldn’t view it as a sign of weakness. It’s normal to face challenges during your recovery and it’s important to recognise that everyone reacts differently, even when they’re faced with similar trauma. But you should seek support. Traumatic events can severely influence how happy, fulfilled, and positive you are. With the right help and processes, we aim to help our patients move past the trauma and develop ways to overcoming challenges when they’re faced with lasting effects.
After you’ve faced a traumatic event, these 5 steps could help you on the road to recovery:
- Take back control. When you feel traumatised, it’s common to feel as though you’re losing control over your life. Starting with small areas, seizing back control and making decisions can really help. Think about the most important areas of your life when looking for a place to start and which direction is best for you.
- Just talking to someone and sharing your emotions can have an instant and lasting positive effect. People can often feel the need to shut down following trauma but this can have a detrimental effect. Being vulnerable and emotional can be scary but necessary.
- Talk with a professional. Families and friends can provide you with support but a professional can build on this network. A therapist won’t only give you a place to speak about your emotions and challenges but provide you with practical advice and techniques too.
- Make plans. Distraction is often a great way to provide you with some relief from the effects of trauma. Making plans doesn’t provide you with a quick fix but it can allow you to establish a routine and simply have some fun.
- Process what happened. This is an area that many people struggle with. Coming to terms and accepting what happened is essential for reducing the effects of trauma
Who can I speak to further about the effects of trauma?
For help dealing with the effects of trauma discussed in this article speak to one of our therapists here at Private Therapy Clinic for a free chat.