Five Simple Ways To Cope With PTSD
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is often underestimated by both patients and their families, but when left unchecked, it can lead to horrible consequences. Patients often find it difficult to cope, prompting them to fall back on drugs and alcohol as a way to dull their senses and escape the pain. As a result, addiction issues crop up, leading to further physical and mental health problems. But there are better ways to cope if you have PTSD. There is still hope as long as you are willing to stay away from harmful substances and instead, follow healthier ways to address this serious disorder. Here are some tips:
Acquire More Knowledge On The Subject
It is easy to stay ignorant about your condition and succumb to depression without letting anyone know what you are going through. But if you really want to have a healthier mind and body, here is what you should be doing — be more knowledgeable about the subject. Once you know enough, you will understand why you experience certain kinds of feelings, giving you a better understanding of your condition and searching for ways to be free of it. So, the very first step is to embrace your condition, be unapologetic about it, and find out all you can about the disease. Well, you simply can’t let the it win without giving it a good fight, right?
See A Professional Therapist
Since the symptoms of PTSD are similar to those of normal anxiety, most of us are not serious about seeking out professional help when we think we might have it. This is wrong. We are living in an age where mental health should be given as much importance as physical health. A therapist can properly diagnose you, help you figure out the real reason you are suffering from this, and when you do that, it might be easier to get cured as well. Also, a professional can assist you in figuring out the things that trigger your outbursts. Once you know of them, you can easily avoid them and be better at controlling yourself.
It is easier said than done though. But if you can do meditation properly, you will see a sea of changes in your mental health. If you have been practicing meditation for a long time already, it might be easier for you, but if not, take help from an instructor and start meditating regularly. It will take a few days to get going, but once you know how to go about it, it will help you focus on your mindfulness. It will also help you address the issues that led you to this condition in the first place.
Join A Support Group
Joining a support group for any kind of mental health issue can be tremendously helpful. Most patients get withdrawn and become extremely introverted. One reason behind this is the fact that they feel ashamed or guilty and believe that the rest of the world might not understand their plight. But when they join a support group, they find there are others just like them. It is easier to open up in front of people who will not judge them, unlike the rest of society. So, join a support group and build a strong support system for each other. You can even exchange tips on how to stay better. What worked for others might work for you, too.
Stay Away From All Kinds Of Negativity
And this includes negative news as well as negative people. So stop watching and reading a newspaper that might trigger you and cause stress. Instead, subscribe to an email newsletter with major headlines or the kind of news you would like to read. Do not watch shows on TV that portray a lot of violence or anxious situations. Also, distance yourself from all kinds of negative individuals who might make your life toxic again. Don’t feel obliged to keep in touch just because you were friends once. Give your mental well-being the highest priority. It’s better to burn bridges when it comes to your own health.
Having said all that, it is best to mention that we are not robots, and we can’t follow the same routine every day. Our minds keep changing, and even without triggers, we might have terrible days. Allow yourself to have bad days and keep telling yourself it is fine. You will get past this and eventually be able to lead the life you’ve wanted.
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