- In a car accident, and you continue to hear the sound of shattered glass and smashing metal replay in your head repeatedly.
- The victim of a crime, and although there was no physical injury, a new overwhelming feeling of fear keeps you shut in at home.
- Emotionally, physically or sexually abused and feel a sense of loss and shortened future.
Car accidents, crime, and abuse are all examples of trauma. While they may not seem as great in magnitude as being trapped in a mine for 69 days with the world watching, they are nevertheless valid experiences for the people who lived through them. Please know you do not have to keep feeling this way and help is available.
- Reliving the incident over and over either in one’s mind or as if it were happening
- Intense fear
- Avoidance of people, places or situations that trigger memories of the incident
- Change in usual behavior
- Feeling detachment from others
- Outbursts of anger
- Moments of shutting down and perhaps loosing time
- Difficulty concentrating
What can you do- 6 Trauma Tips
- Allow yourself plenty of sleep (if you can) or rest.
- Have regular meal times. Reduce protein to carbohydrate ratio because comfort food, (foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates), can make anxiety worse.
- Drink plenty of water. Remember, you are fueling your body to feel better.
- Exercise is important too because you can exercise anxiety causing chemicals out of your system.
- Cut yourself some slack:know that post-trauma symptoms can appear suddenly and interrupt your plans.
- Remember to breathe.
- Give yourself permission that some things on your “to-do” list will have to wait.
If the symptoms do not subside, worsen, or interfere with daily life, consult a professional.
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Written by Orlando Trauma, Grief and Loss Counselor