Immediately following a traumatic event, it’s normal to experience psychological distress. Strong emotional and physical reactions in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event are common.
After a traumatic event, the world can feel unpredictable and unsafe, for most people this feeling passes with time.
When distress continues after a traumatic event and interferes with important areas of your daily life, it's time to consider seeking specialised support.
Initial reactions to trauma vary widely, but it could look like the following:
· Nightmares, memories, flashbacks or constantly being reminded of the traumatic event
· Feeling worried, fearful, angry, or numb
· Withdrawal from other people, places, and activities you enjoy
· Physical health complaints, e.g. headaches, aches and pains, feeling on edge and tense.
After a trauma, the following tips may be useful:
· Traumatic events often lead to emotional distress – it's okay for you to feel upset
· Engage in hobbies or relaxing activities (e.g. lying in the park or watching a movie), do something to lower your distress (e.g. controlled breathing), take care of your sleep, eat a healthy diet, and get exercise
· Try to maintain your normal routine
· Spend quality time with your close friends and family
· Avoid unhelpful coping strategies such as blocking out or suppressing your feelings, working too much, and using drugs and alcohol
· If you notice the severity of your distress rising, get help as soon as possible
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