Our bodies and minds are strong things, but they’re not omnipotent. We deal with physical and mental stress all of our lives, and many of us wrestle with physical and mental ailments. So when we encounter a particularly traumatic event, we sometimes need help getting through it. It’s important that we seek out that help and protect our minds and bodies.
What to do when you’ve suffered a traumatic event
If you’re dealing with the fallout from a traumatic event, the first thing you need to do is seek help. There’s no reason to deal with physical or mental trauma alone! Overcome harmful stigmas about mental health care and make sure that you get the help you need.
If your traumatic event was a physical one, pay close attention to your body and its needs. Pains and aches could be signs of long-term injuries, and physical trauma requires specific care. Turn to accident recovery centers for car crash injuries, or speak to your doctor about the care that is best for your specific type of trauma. Remember that insurance may help cover you, and if you’ve been harmed by someone else through no fault of your own, an attorney may help you recover money.
Then there’s the mental side of trauma, which is just as important. Turn to a psychiatrist or a psychologist for help dealing with the fallout from your physical or emotional event (remember that many types of trauma are both!). Be proactive, and get the care you need even if you feel fine. You may not realize how much your trauma has affected you, but untreated trauma can lead to lifelong fears and mental strain.
Once you have the professionals on your side, it’s time to focus on your personal life. Work with the professionals to tailor your home and work life to suit your needs. You may need to alter your home to accommodate physical limitations. Perhaps you need a pet in your life to help with anxiety – you can find puppies online for adoption and sale, or turn to local shelters or agencies for cats, dogs, and other animals. Work with your boss, your family, and others to create a schedule that respects your limits and your needs while keeping you as functional as possible and giving you room to grow and reclaim your life.
Trauma does not define you
Recovering from a traumatic event – whether it be a one-time car accident that left you physically injured, a prolonged period of abuse that left you mentally scarred, or any other type of trauma – is not easy. But it’s something that you can do if you seek out professional help and rely on your own inner strength. Trauma does not define you, and it never will.