Friday, July 12, 2019

8 Things to Do When Recovering from A Stressful Experience

8 Things to Do When Recovering from A Stressful Experience
The more life experience I have, the more I learn and change. Sometimes those learning experiences are through positive experiences and sometimes they are much more difficult to get through. We all have our own scars don't we? Most of us have been or will go through many stressful experiences within our lifetimes. This can include the loss of a loved one, experiencing a violent act, serious illness of ourselves or loved ones, and more. It’s sad to think that this is a common part of life, but learning how to effectively recover from a traumatic event will go a long way in making it easier to move forward.
We all respond in different ways and it can be difficult to notice signs of these stressors in other people. You may feel irritable, anxious or depressed. You may even withdraw from others. Many people end up living in denial to protect themselves from the emotional impact of the event. A lack of sleep, changes in appetite and withdrawal from daily activities are also common symptoms. But what can we do to cope?

8 Things to Do When Recovering from A Stressful Experience

Coping Immediately After

Stay Social: It’s important to stay close to friends or relatives after a traumatic event. Develop a support system! Whether it’s to obtain a different perspective on the situation, or simply for comfort, keep people around you if possible. There will probably be certain people in your life that you connect with more during this time than others. That's okay! You need to spend time with those who you feel most comfortable with. Don't feel that you need to force yourself to spend time with those that may cause you more stress or anxiety. 
Avoid Substances: Be wary of alcohol, pharmaceuticals and other mood causing chemicals. They can  serve to dull the experience, which doesn’t allow you to properly deal with your feelings, so try to avoid them if you recognize you are using them as an emotional escape. In the same light, stimulants such as coffee, soft drinks, and cigarettes should also be avoided, as they can cause you to feel anxious.
Sleep When You Can: If you’re struggling, tossing and turning in bed, don’t try to fight it. Get up and do something else until you feel tired. Try natural methods to help you relax before bed like an herbal tea, lavender candle or scented bath and avoiding electronics because light can affect sleep patterns. 
Eat Right and Exercise: These two tasks may be extremely difficult to do but will go a long way in keeping your mind in the right space, releasing tension and burning off stress and anxiety. 

8 Things to Do When Recovering from A Stressful Experience

Moving Forward

Here are some things you can do during the days and weeks that follow your life stress:
Continue Staying Social: If anyone offers their help, keep an open mind and listen to what they have to say. Don’t be afraid to talk about the event with others, as this will help you let out your feelings and understand them. If you are feeling open to it, depending on your experience you can search out ways to educate, help, and support others going through a similar experience to what you experienced.
Get Back on Track: Focus on getting back into your routine as soon as you can. A familiar routine can help you cope. This will help you stay productive enough to support your mental and physical health.
If another individual or organization is to blame for your or your loved one's traumatic experience, it’s important to resolve the issue before it’s too late. This especially applies to situations such as medical negligence, where you might be entitled to compensation. If this is your situation, here’s an in-depth guide to claiming medical negligence.

Coping in the Future

Add Value: Keep pursuing things that add value to your life, such as advocacy, volunteer work, religion, or fun and relaxing hobbies to enjoy in your spare time. There are so many options to find one that works for you. 
Breathe: This piece of advice might be common, but it really does work. If a flashback or reminder of the traumatic event comes to mind, give yourself a few minutes alone, take a few slow breaths and remember that you are okay and you were able to get through it.
8 Things to Do When Recovering from A Stressful Experience
Many people have experienced traumatic events in their lives, only to continue living happily and healthily afterwards. Consider speaking to a professional about your trauma, as they will better understand your personal circumstances and how to best help you to cope.

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