How to Cope with the Aftermath of Trauma

How to Cope with the Aftermath of Trauma

How to Cope with the Aftermath of Trauma

After overcoming or surviving extremely traumatic experiences, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar and confusing place.  You may have difficult trusting others, finding support, or coping with your experiences.  You also may be suffering from physical or emotional harm.  During the aftermath of a traumatic experience, you want to find ways to cope and try to continue on with your life, despite the challenges that are now present.  By seeking help of friends or counseling in Orlando, you can work through your pain with others.   There are a few ways you can cope during the aftermath of a traumatic experience.

Try to Face Your Emotions

Traumatic memories can be difficult to confront, because they surface negative emotions or pain associated with the experience itself.  Many people try to forget or bury these experiences instead of confront them.  Over time, this will actually do more harm than good.  Even though it may seem easier to avoid confronting the trauma initially, it will help you overcome your emotions and ultimately free yourself from that pain.  Facing your emotions is one of the first steps to coping with trauma.

Don't Withdraw From Others

After you suffer from a traumatic experience, you may be embarrassed, afraid, or even ashamed.  You may also not want to talk about it with others until you are ready.  However, it is important to stay connected with others after this experience.  If you become withdrawn and isolated, you may lead yourself down a destructive path, which can have negative effects on both your physical and mental health.  Even though it may be tough to talk about the trauma with others, find ways to communicate and socialize with others during this time.

Seek Professional Guidance

Because of the pain and suffering that is associated with trauma, you may not feel comfortable reaching out to friends or family.  However, you should still talk to someone.  Seeking the help of a professional, such as those experts in counseling in Orlando or those who specialize in PTSD cases, can help unlock some of your experiences and work through your emotions.  This is a critical step in overcoming what happened to you and returning to your life.

Find Support Groups

There are many support groups that can help you through the aftermath of trauma.  These are especially important if you are looking to connect with those that have gone through similar experiences as you.  These groups are great places to find people that can understand how you are feeling and provide you support and guidance to get through these tough times.

These are a few ways you can cope and try to overcome a traumatic experience.  Trauma can leave you feeling a range of negative emotions, and these can actually stunt your ability to return to your life.  Over time, this can lead to dangerous habits, social isolation, or even self-harm.  Contact our specialists in counseling in Orlando to hear how we can help you cope with your trauma and regain your life today.

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Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.