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16 Ways to Deal with Trauma

  1. Be mindful of what you watch and read, especially on social media and films (movies and documentaries). Absorb that which is healthy and nourishing, via eyes and ears, and avoid that which stimulates further negative responses to a trauma.

  2. Breath in and out deeply so as not to keep reliving the trauma.

  3. Commit yourself to certain activities of the day, indoors, outdoors or both.

  4. Eat a nutritious diet free from strong spices, chemicals, stimulants, sugar, as much as possible.

  5. If you feel overwhelmed watching or listening to the news, take a complete break from the news/ documentaries/commentaries.

  6. If no sense of recovery, through application of such ways in this list, then consider medication.

  7. Know the situations, people and environments which can trigger a repeat or memory of the trauma. 

  8. Meditate. Sit with upright posture. Be fully present. Breathe in and out mindfully. Be conscious of one breath after the other. Breathe deeper if you get lost in a story.

  9. Move the energies of the body – long walks, dance, yoga, gardening, swimming etc

  10. Play music, read a book, clean the kitchen. Give your total undivided attention to such an engagement.

  11. Share the facts of the trauma with a person(s) you trust and you know can listen.

  12. Share your feelings, emotions and experience of the trauma with a person () you trust and you know can listen.

  13. Write down alternative ways of looking at the trauma with a view to understanding the dynamic.

  14. Write down the most common painful emotions (see previous list), which arise with memory and read them out aloud.

  15. Write down some of your daily life experiences, which you appreciate. Read them out aloud.

  16. Write down what you have learnt from the trauma and read out aloud what you have learnt.

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