5 Tips for Managing Trauma

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Traumatic events happen a lot more often than most of us would like to believe—70 percent of U.S. adults say they have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their lifetime. Luckily, there are ways to manage trauma, the stress, emotions and implications that follow the event.

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Know Your Triggers

Everyone is going to have different triggers based on their personalities, their traumatic experience and how it affected them. Triggers can include people, places, sounds, smells, phrases, colors, or songs. Knowing your triggers can help you prevent re-experiencing the trauma, for example, staying away from a certain restaurant so you’re not reminded of a fight you had with someone there.

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Treatment Options

There are lots of different treatment options for trauma victims. There are traditional options, including cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, group therapy, and exposure therapy. Then there are alternative options, including meditation and yoga, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, pet or equine therapy, and trauma peer support groups. Try out different options to find the best fit for you right now.

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Don’t Be Afraid

Asking for help is something that a lot of people struggle with, but there’s nothing to be shy about. If you are having a hard time dealing with your traumatic experience, reach out to someone and ask for help. They might not be able to help you directly, but someone will. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength, so don’t forget to be strong.

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Have A Routine

Creating a routine is a good way to get back into the swing of things after experiencing a traumatic event. Setting regular meal times, work hours, and exercise are all great ways to not only make sure you are taking care of yourself but also help keep your mind of the trauma and pain.

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