If you have ever experienced an extremely stressful event or series of events, you have endured a traumatic experience. The challenges of a serious injury or feelings of helplessness and fear are common after these events, but there are ways you can help yourself move forward as you work on overcoming trauma.
Although you may view overcoming trauma as a personal experience, do not isolate yourself. Talk to your friends and family members and let them know about your experience. Opening these lines of communication is an important part of your recovery process.
While it may be tempting to try to forget about the traumatic event or ignore it, a key part of overcoming trauma is learning to accept your memories and the things that trigger them. Commit to facing your feelings head-on, so you can productively deal with them in a way that helps you recover.
Not only should you work on addressing your thoughts and emotions, but you should also care for your physical health. As much as possible after the traumatic event, get out and move your body. Gentle stretching, walking, and deep breathing can help you handle the thoughts and feelings you’re experiencing.
Getting professional help for overcoming trauma is also an important part of the recovery process. Dr. James Campbell can work with you on processing the event and teach you techniques for dealing with disruptive thoughts and memories. Contact the office of Dr. James Campbell, LLC today to set up an appointment.