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Tips for coping with trauma

Would you like some tips and advice how to deal with trauma?

This forum is a great place to:

 

  • explore several tips.
  • respond to tips / share your experience.
  • share the tips that work for you.

 

What's your tip how to deal with trauma?


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Tip 1 - Share your story

For many people it helps to write down and share their story with others. You can share your story on the trauma-peer-support-forum on this website.


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Tip 2 - Find a counsellor

Do you suffer from trauma and could you use some support?
therapist or counsellor can help you.


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Tip 3 - EMDR-therapy helps

You suffer from an intense experience in the past? Does it come back daily, also after 6 months (or more)?

Try EMDR-therapy. In 90% of the cases, the trauma becomes less loaded emotionally.


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Tip 4 - Connect with what supported you

Connect with what supported you during or after the traumatic event.

Often we keep on confirming ourselves in thinking and talking about the trauma...

It helps a lot to connect with the experiences that were positive around the traumatic event: the nice lady that took your hand, the bird you heard whistling, or the foot you were still able to move...


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Tip 5 - Take your developmental trauma seriously

In case of trauma, we often think of a one-time traumatic event. That's what we call shock trauma.

However, many of us have to deal with more complex forms of trauma that arise from our childhood. We call this developmental trauma.

Take yourself seriously if you notice that you are suffering from your father's negative behavior, your self-sacrificing mother or the boundless behaviour of your children.

There is a lot of change possible! Find a therapist that makes you feel safe. 

Would you like to take the first step?


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Tip 6 - Body oriented therapy

The body has also a memory. Trauma leaves its traces there.
Body oriented therapy, like Somatic Experiencing, can be very useful.


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Tip 7 - Don't escape into alcohol and drugs

Don't escape your trauma by using alcohol or drugs. It might seem like a way out and it seems like it makes you feel better. But it is not a solution.

On top of it, it might create an extra problem: an alcohol / drug addiction
Escaping your traumatic feelings by emotional eating is also not a solution.


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