Serious Events in a Person’s Life Can lead to Psychological Trauma

Go outdoors and meditate on some clouds. This will help you to relax for a few moments. You need to be still and silent at least one time a day!

 

 

To help people understand how serious stress can be, I am writing about Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What is Psychological Trauma?

Any event outside the normal human experience that leaves a person with feelings of hopelessness or powerlessness. Trauma can be sudden and overwhelming such as when a person feels their life has been threatened.

An example of a  type of  an event in life that can cause trauma: natural disasters such as an earthquake,  mugging, robbery or fire. It can also be prolonged trauma such as being physically, emotionally or sexually abused.

What are the effects of Trauma?

Like grief, there is an emotional state of shock, denial, disbelief, confusion and panic. There is also problems with concentrating,  unwanted thoughts of the trauma such as seeing your home burn down over and over again. Some people have difficulty with increased alertness and sleeplessness.

How can people be helped?

Remember that anyone who has been through a trauma needs to feel safe. They also need time to mourn their loss and reconnect again. You can help by listening with compassion and offering your support.

Suggestions on managing stressful times

Set aside time to relax

Try deep breathing and meditation

Stay away from stress management substitutes such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

Join a support group of people who may have the same difficulties you are having

Exercise. Walking can be meditative

Get enough sleep

Journal. Feelings are reactions to things you do not have control of. When you are depression, allow yourself to feel your emotions. When you are angry, give yourself permission to feel it. When you are loving,  you are the one that decides to be loving. Begin understanding your feelings by writing about them.

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