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How to Deal with Trauma in Healthy Ways

by Rachel Cohen

Trauma is a psychological response to an event or experience that exceeds one’s capacity to cope. Traumatic events can range from physical or sexual assault to natural disasters, serious accidents, or sudden loss. Trauma can cause a wide range of emotional, physical, and cognitive symptoms that can last for weeks, months, or even years. These symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and difficulty concentrating. It’s important to recognize that everyone copes differently with trauma and that each individual’s journey to healing is unique.

Seeking Professional Help

Trauma can be incredibly overwhelming, and it may be challenging to deal with it on your own. Seeking the help of a professional therapist can support you in your healing journey. Whether you choose individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of both, a qualified therapist can help you identify and work through your traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment. WiseMind Counseling uses evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapy, to help clients move forward.

Self-Care Practices

Trauma can disrupt your sense of safety and well-being, so it’s essential to prioritize self-care practices that can help you regain balance in your life. Self-care practices can help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety and depression and give you the energy and resilience you need to cope with difficult emotions. Self-care can look different for different people, but some examples include regular exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, journaling, and spending time with loved ones.

Creating a Support Network

Trauma can feel isolating and overwhelming, and it’s important to have a support network to rely on. Whether it’s a close friend, a family member, a support group, or a therapist, having someone to talk to can help you process your emotions and feel less alone. WiseMind Counseling supports clients in building a network of supportive individuals that can help them through difficult times.

Finding Meaning

Trauma can be a life-changing experience, and it can be challenging to make sense of the experience. However, it’s essential to try to find meaning in your experience and to use it as a catalyst for growth. This doesn’t mean that trauma is a positive experience, but rather that you can transform the pain into something valuable. Finding meaning can look different for different people, but some examples include volunteering, advocating for systemic change, or finding new ways to connect with others. Dealing with trauma is a challenging experience, but there are healthy ways to cope and move forward. Seeking professional help, practicing self-care, creating a support network, and finding meaning can all support you in your healing journey. Remember that healing is a journey and that each person’s experience is unique. With time, patience, and support, it’s possible to move forward and create a meaningful life after trauma.

Mind Your Mental Health

I’m Rachel Cohen, MA, a licensed professional counselor, and I run WiseMind Counseling. At WiseMind, I prioritize the well-being of my clients by offering affordable and confidential counseling services. My goal is to provide accessible care for adults and teenagers who are committed to looking after their mental well-being. With a focus on compassion and effectiveness, WiseMind Counseling aims to support individuals facing a variety of issues, including trauma. Schedule counseling now and let your mental health be taken care of.


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