Life after trauma can be drastically different than you might have expected! But don’t panic just yet. There is a LOT of help available to help you heal. Both mentally and physically.
Here are some tips to help you move forward after experiencing a trauma.
Try to let go of the past
Your brain is very good at playing back events that had a big impact on your life, including trauma. Things that happened in the past can come back to haunt you in the form of PTSD.
PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treated over time and needs care from experts.
However, you can also help yourself by realising that what happened to you in the past doesn’t make you who you are now. You can “get over” any trauma, and there are effective ways to rebuild your life in a way that will make things better.
Healthy relationships help with life after trauma
Around 18% of isolated people experience depression. While related depression might not make you want to socialise, you need to speak to those who care for you for the best chance:
- Talk to close family and friends about your life and where you need to be.
- Consult your doctor about anything related to physical and mental wellbeing.
- Consider seeing a therapist to help you through understanding your experience.
Opening up isn’t easy. But it can be a massive weight off your mind!
It might be a challenge to talk to family at first. Trained professionals can then help you in a specialist care setting.
Look after your body and mind
After a traumatic event, people often feel sad and anxious. But you can get through it.
Exercise is the best thing you can do for yourself once you have the energy. In addition to all the good things it does for your body, it also sends dopamine into your brain, making you feel much better.
Taking care of your body and mind is a great way to be good to yourself. Do things that are good for your body and mind, like meditation, healthy eating, and letting go.
Get help from prosthetics, if needed
Trauma can be mental or physical. Mental healing is complex and can be impacted by your physical limitations, such as losing a limb or a lot of teeth. But you can get on the road to recovery with some expert help.
Prosthetic technology is always improving. Modern prosthetics can be a huge help, ranging from a full denture implant for cosmetic benefit.
Or a state-of-the-art bionic hand that can move and even feel like a real one with signals to and from your brain.
Try to remember the real you
Remembering who you were before tragedy is always very important. Try to remember what you like to do and what you are good at.
Getting back into these things helps you remember who you really are and regain your true sense of self.
You won’t have a conscious sense of who you are before childhood trauma, of course. But you can try to feel what your early trauma took away from you.
Specifically, think about relationships, money, life goals, and, of course, childhood.
It is never easy to rebuild your life after trauma – I am still getting used to wearing a partial denture at only 34 years old (I have had it for a year now!).
But you can get help from prosthetics, maintain healthy personal and medical relationships and remember who you were before the trauma.