How to Cope with Your Emotions After a Traumatic Event

If you went through a traumatic event, you may find yourself struggling with emotions and memories. Sometimes it can take time to get over the trauma and pain from the event. However, there are some self-help strategies you can use to cope with your emotions.

Start Moving

When you go through a trauma, your body can be frozen in a constant state of fear and hyperarousal. Exercise can help get your nervous system unstuck while burning off that excess adrenaline. Use exercise as a time to focus on your body, distracting yourself from your thoughts.

Avoid Isolation

While you will probably feel like withdrawing from other people after a traumatic event, isolation will only make things worse. Building healthy connections with other people can help you to heal, so spend time maintaining your relationships. Ask for support and help, but remember, you do not have to talk about the trauma you’ve been through. You may even want to join a support group for those who have survived trauma, which can inspire you and help you learn new coping techniques.

Learn to Calm Yourself

Even if you feel out of control or anxious, there are ways to calm your body down. Learning these techniques can help you cope with emotions after a trauma. Mindful breathing, acknowledging your feelings, and certain sensory inputs may help to calm you. Learn what works for you and use those things when your emotions are feeling out of control.

Keep Your Body Healthy

Last, make sure you are keeping your body healthy since it increases your ability to cope with your emotions and the stress that comes after a trauma. Important ways to stay healthy include getting enough sleep, avoiding drugs and alcohol, using relaxation techniques, and eating a balanced, healthy diet.

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