Self-Coping Techniques for PTSD Sufferers

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD for short, can wreak havoc on someones daily life. The event that caused the stress in the first place has now had a domino effect on the everyday social life of the person suffering. How can you help your loved one who is dealing with PTSD or maybe how can you help yourself? Here are a few self-help ideas that can assist you during attacks and also before the attacks take place. 

Connect with Others
Making a connection with others is vital to your recovery or the recovery of your loved ones. Make sure that you have connections you can count on to support you, help calm you, and to be there when you need them most. This can be friends, family, or even your support group and counselors. Either way, you need to have a solid connection of support members that can help you through this time in your life. 

Learn to Calm Yourself
Your nervous system is in overdrive during a traumatic event and it's as if it gets "stuck" during PTSD. You keep reliving the moment or live in fear of the moment happening again and this can be a continuous cycle. Learning techniques to calm your nervous system can be of great help to you. Consider breathing exercises, reducing your stimulus around you and relearn how to handle and connect with overwhelming emotions without them taking over. 

Consider a New Exercise Program
Working out can not only keep you healthy physically, it can also help keep you healthy emotionally. Studies have shown that daily exercise can have a great benefit on your emotions and mental well-being.

Reference
Smith, M., Segal, J.,Robinson, L.,"PTSD: Symptoms,Self-Help, and Treatment". HelpGuide.(Website).(May 2016).
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  • I would add to try guided meditations....at the moment when you're feeling super anxious....sometimes it helps to put on headphones and listen to such....along with the breathing...

    thanks for sharing!
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