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Healing from Trauma: Where to Begin?

Published on June 15th, 2020

To say that times are tough right now in the world is an understatement. Minnesota has been hit especially hard with tragedy and chaos in recent weeks on top of a global pandemic that’s spreading without a clear end in sight. If your mental health isn’t exactly at it’s best, be gentle with yourself and continue to do the best that you can. 

Recovering from trauma, whether it’s happened recently or at some point in your past, can be extremely difficult. Both psychological and emotional trauma can take a toll long past their starting point, making it difficult to recover. With the right approach and resources in your corner, recovering from trauma is possible. 

Causes of Trauma

If you’re debating whether or not you’ve experienced trauma, here are some common causes:

  • A one-time event such as an attack or another tragic event. 
  • Ongoing stress such as feeling unsafe in your own neighborhood, battling a life-threatening illness, being in an abusive relationship, bullying, etc. 
  • The sudden death of a loved one, a humiliating experience, a tough breakup, and surgery are all common examples of trauma that are overlooked.

How Long Do Symptoms Last?

Depending on the trauma that you experienced, symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Painful memories may emerge seemingly out of nowhere long after the event has occurred. In the case that you’re unable to move past the trauma, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, June is PTSD awareness month and it is something that consistent mental health treatment in Minnesota can help improve. 

Tips for Recovery

The road to feeling “normal” again isn’t the same for everyone. However, here are some tips that are a great starting point.

  • Exercise and move your body: Burn off the adrenaline that you feel in the heat of the moment and help release endorphins by moving your body! All it takes is 30 minutes per day to feel a release. 
  • Surround yourself with good company: It may be tempting to isolate yourself when you feel down, but having the right people around you can lift you up and remind you what’s important in life. Be social, volunteer, reconnect with old friends, and ask for support. Remember, connecting with other people doesn’t mean you have to talk about your trauma if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
  • Be mindful of your health: Make sure to get plenty of sleep, reduce stress as much as possible, eat healthy meals and avoid drugs and alcohol. 

Recovering from trauma can be difficult but know that it IS possible! Our team at Options Family & Behavior Services is here to help you every step of the way.

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