Untangling the effects of trauma

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Have you experienced trauma? The effects of trauma are different for everyone, but they can be long lasting. There are some ways you can help your recovery and reduce the effects.

Trauma can have long lasting adverse impacts on an individual. Traumatic experiences can range from natural disaster, accident and abuse to losing a loved one or a life threatening illness. These experiences can frequently contribute to flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, fear and depression. More often than not, there is usually also a lot of self-blame and shame associated with it too.
There are several helpful tips that you can utilise to aid your recovery after a stressful or difficult experience. Staying active and doing things you enjoy (hobbies, interests, social activities) are a good place to start, even if you don’t feel like it or want to avoid others.
Staying away from alcohol and illicit substances, while ensuring a well-balanced diet and regular bedtime, are also just as important so that you don’t develop an unhealthy reliance on drugs/alcohol that often have detrimental health consequences. Additionally, relaxation and grounding techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises can be extremely helpful to manage the difficult emotions and distress that are associated with the trauma. 
If you have experienced a traumatic experience, it is important to understand that there is no right or wrong way to feel or think. Also, do know that there is help and support out there. Trauma survivors support groups or trauma-focused therapy with an experienced psychologist with whom you feel comfortable and safe, for instance, are extremely helpful to learn coping strategies and to evaluate one’s thoughts and emotions as a result of the trauma. Do seek help and know that you don’t have to deal with it alone!
360 Health + Community have a team of mental health professionals who can help with a range of mental health concerns including trauma. Call us on 1300 706 922 or visit 360.org.au to find out more and book an appointment.
Jason Goh
Clinical Psychologist
360 Health + Community
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