July 3, 2018 News

Mental Health & Trauma Management

What Symptoms Might You Feel?

Preparing For Milestone Events:
It’s often hard to go through a date marked by trauma without remembering. As you approach a milestone, you may find that you are feeling more distressed, have trouble sleeping or eating, or find that you are thinking about the event a lot. Traumatic events are stored as powerful memories in our brain, and when those memories are activated they have the power to affect our feelings and behavior, even years later.

Trauma management is a lifelong practice, identifying and treating these hurdles can keep a mind healthy.

Feeling Anxious
Try some deep breathing techniques. Inhale slowly through your nose (count slowly to 5) and fill your lungs down to your stomach. Exhale slowly through your mouth (count slowly to 5). Do this 5 times or as often as needed. If you have a smartphone, download the free app “Calm” to help learn the technique.

Difficulty Sleeping
It is best to keep a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time each night. Try not to nap after 4:00pm and do not drink caffeinated beverages in the evening.

Relying On Alcohol/Drugs To Sleep
Alcohol drains the body of essential vitamins and a natural sleep cycle. Passing out is not sleeping.

Reminders Of The Event
People, places, sounds, or smells may trigger reminders of the traumatic event. Watching news coverage may trigger thoughts or emotions related to the event. Public commemorative events may provide comfort, or they could increase distress. Do not feel forced to attend memorial events, honor the memory of the people you lost in the way that works best for you.

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