Coping with Destruction Trauma

Monday, April 18, 2011

Were you severely disturbed by the tsunami in Japan? How about the incredible aftershocks that continuously debilitate the land? If you’re one of the thousands, who cannot stop thinking about these poor people or perhaps were a part of those awful days, you may need help. Traumatic events such as the tsunami and 9/11 have caused severe stress to individuals throughout the world and something must be done before it gets out of control.

Here are 6 ways to cope with stress and trauma before it’s too late:

Talk about It: The best way to deal with stress is to talk about what’s stressing you out - what you felt that day, how you feel now, and how it’s impacting your life. Talk about where you’ve been and plan to move forward past the trauma. Joining a therapy group with others who have had similar trauma in their life may provide a comfortable setting for you to talk.

Rest, Exercise and Eat Healthy: Though you may just want to reach for that giant cookie and tub of ice cream, it’s one of the greatest disservices you can do for yourself. By taking care of yourself physically, you will help with your emotional and mental healing process following bouts of trauma and high stress.

Allow Yourself to Grieve: Many people, especially men, don’t allow themselves to grieve. Whether it’s because they’re too tough, don’t have the time, or just don’t want to feel weak, they need to allow time to grieve so they can get past the situation altogether.

Use the Resources Available to You: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to take advantages of support groups in your community. Even support chat groups online could be helpful for you to talk about the situation. When people work together to get better, they tend to build a sense of confidence and hope for the future, which helps greatly in the healthy process.

Manage Internal Stress and Anxiety: When you’re feeling worried or panicked, the best thing to do is to take a deep breath to calm yourself and to manage your anxiety. Keeping things in is never the answer, so be sure to let it out, breathe, and look to the future.

Ask Why: During trauma, especially natural disasters, people often question their faith in God or other spiritual beings and how they could allow such an incidence to occur. It IS ok to question your beliefs and to talk to spiritual leaders of counselors about how you’re feeling to make yourself feel better about the situation.

For more information and tips on dealing with trauma and stress, visit the Total Life Counseling website.

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