How TO Overcome PTSD || 4 effective Self Help Tips for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Living with PTSD is a continuous battle, especially if you’ve suffered from it for the most of your life. The scars left by a traumatic event, whether during your childhood or just recently can trigger your PTSD in ways unimaginable. And the fact that there’s no ultimate cure for this disease is equally terrifying. I’ve brought you these 4 Step-by-step guides that will help you overcome your PTSD.
#Step 1: Learn about PTSD:
The first step that you need to do is educate yourself about PTSD. You can GOOGLE it or you can take help from your doctor to find out everything; from its symptoms to its causes and diagnosis.
#Step 2: Manage your triggers:
People with PTSD are easily triggered by their surrounding such as places, voices or noises around them. So, it’s important that you learn to manage your triggers effectively. Once you experience the flashbacks or dissociation, practice deep and calm breathing. Do not close your eyes when you do this because closing your eyes might influence you to imagine the event, making your symptoms even worse.
Also, people with PTSD often lose touch with the reality as they relive their past over and over again. This is not only terrifying for you but it can also be scary for people around you. Learn grounding techniques to help you focus on your present. Start by touching the objects around you, describing them one by one. You can start by saying “I’m sitting on a white sofa, the fabric is really soft. The color of the carpet is blue and there’s a big vase in the corner.”
Or you can trick your mind by spelling the names of the animals or saying the numbers or alphabet backwards. Teach a friend or a family member about grounding and why you need to use it. If someone you trust understands when grounding is useful, they can remind you to use it and do it with you, if you are starting to lose touch with the present
#Step 3: Exercise and Adventure
Exercise not only boosts your physical health but it can improve your mood, decrease the stress hormones and help you get your life back together. Go for rhythmic exercises such as walking, swimming or dancing. Instead of focusing on your thoughts, focus on your body, the gestures and the movement. Notice how the air feels or how your feet hit the ground as you move. Not only this, you can also take up adventure sports like rock-climbing, scuba diving, mountain biking or rafting. Pursuing outdoor activities helps you take your mind off of negative thoughts, making you relaxed and serene.
#Step 4: Challenge your fears
Some adults with PTSD will find themselves avoiding situations that are associated with the trauma they experienced. For instance, If you were in a car accident, you might be avoiding driving or if it was cold during the event, you avoid anything that feels cold. The best way you can help yourself to deal with these fears is by facing them, rather than avoiding them. Approach these situations gradually. If you’ve been in a car accident, take the first step by just sitting inside your car. Listen to a soothing music. If you cannot do this alone then you can ask your loved one. The second step would be driving around your block. That way, you begin to take things normally and be able to overcome the fears that once haunted you. Challenging is kind of an exposure therapy and it’s very effective in overcoming your fears. All you need is practice and patience.
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