What To Do After a Traumatic Event

By Jenine Lemons, Behaviorist at LBU Community Clinic

Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event can be a harrowing experience that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Whether you have witnessed an accident, a crime, or a natural disaster, the aftermath of the event can be difficult to navigate. It is important to take care of yourself and seek help in coping with the trauma. In this blog post, we will discuss some steps you can take after witnessing a traumatic event.

Take care of yourself physically

The first step after witnessing a traumatic event is to take care of yourself physically. This means getting enough rest, eating healthy foods, and staying hydrated. Trauma can take a toll on your body, so it is important to take care of your physical health.

Seek emotional support

It is natural to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed after witnessing a traumatic event. It is important to seek emotional support to help you cope with these feelings. This can include talking to a trusted friend or family member, seeking counseling or therapy, or joining a support group.

Practice self-care

Practicing self-care can help you cope with the trauma and reduce your stress levels. This can include activities such as taking time for a nap, calling a friend, taking a walk, cooking a healthy meal, meditation, yoga, or any other activity that brings you joy and relaxation.

Manage triggers

Triggers can be anything that reminds you of the traumatic event and can cause you to feel anxious or upset. It is important to manage these triggers as much as possible. This may mean avoiding certain places or activities or limiting exposure to news or media coverage of the event.

Seek professional help

If you are struggling to cope with the trauma, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can provide you with the tools and support you need to work through the trauma and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Remember that healing is a process, and it takes time. Be patient with yourself and take things one day at a time.

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