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How to Cope with Emotional and Physical Trauma

How to Cope with Emotional and Physical Trauma

Trauma can be hard to cope with, whether physical or emotional. However, while a physical trauma will usually heal quickly with the correct medical treatment and recovery program, emotional trauma can take far longer.

What is physical trauma?
Physical trauma is a serious injury. Two key categories of physical trauma are penetrating trauma, when an object pierces the body, resulting in an open wound, and blunt force trauma, when the body is struck with a force or object, often leading to broken bones, cuts or concussion.

What is emotional trauma?
Emotional and psychological trauma is the consequence of experiencing or witnessing an extremely stressful event that goes on to destroy a person’s sense of security. Traumatic experiences can include one-off events such as accidents, injuries, bereavements, or violent attacks. On-going situations such as bullying, abuse, illness, or living in a crime-riddled neighborhood, can also result in emotional trauma. Importantly, the circumstances do not determine whether or not a person will be left with trauma. Rather, it is down to the person’s emotional experience of the circumstance or event.

Coping with emotional trauma
Trauma symptoms usually last between a few days to a few months, gradually easing as you come to terms with the traumatic event. However, if they don’t ease up, or seem to be worsening, it’s important that you seek help from your physician.

An adult or a child whose symptoms continue for longer than expected may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and could benefit from help or treatment. Trauma treatment for teens is also available from specialist organizations. Such help will offer you skills and coping mechanisms so that you can better deal with any signs of PTSD.

Top tips for emotional trauma recovery
Exercise can help repair the damage that trauma causes to the nervous system. Try 30 minutes of exercise per day. Rhythmic movements that require both arms and both legs are especially helpful, such as running, swimming or dancing.

Do not isolate yourself. Trauma can make it tempting to withdraw from social activity, but this will likely worsen your symptoms. Make an effort to spend face-to-face time with people, every day.

Ask for support from friends or family, or from a professional therapist.
Eat healthily and try to adopt regular sleep patterns. If you look after your body, this will help your mind.

Coping with physical trauma
Those who have suffered physical trauma must seek medical help immediately. Your hospital and physician will recommend the best treatment for your injuries, along with a recovery plan and, if need be, rehab.

Sometimes physical trauma can lead to emotional trauma, once the initial treatment phase has passed. If this happens to you or someone you know, please refer to the advice above for coping with emotional trauma.

Top tips for emotional trauma recovery
Follow your physician’s advice. Attend all your follow up hospital appointments and follow any guidelines they have given you for in-between visits.

Eat healthily. In order to aid the healing process, be sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid alcohol, illicit drugs and smoking.

Sleep and rest. For your body and mind to recover from trauma, it’s important that you sleep as much as you need and take time off work or school as needed.

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