What are some self-help strategies to ease the emotional pain experienced after a traumatic event?
People worldwide face traumatic events resulting from natural disasters, wars, and other tragic life events. How can a person cope after such distressing events?
I would recommend two strategies. The first one is philosophical. A new understanding of the experience. It can be looked at in a new light, instead of tragic. There always is a deeper meaning to whatever happens. In this way something tremendously beneficial can happen later on. The second way and perhaps the most powerful is hypnotherapy. The mind can be re-conditioned, even erased. A highly skilled hypnotist can remove emotional pain and restore a happy, peaceful state of mind.
Itake comfort in my faith in God and pray. I have been through a lot in my life. If the hurt came from a person, I forgive and let go of my pain that way.
Its very cliche, but my god-sister told me to take one day at a time after my father's sudden death. It was very helpful advice. When I became overwhelmed with the funeral arrangements and such, I would remind myself to focus only on what I needed to do for one day.
Trauma, grief, sadness and pain are universal and the expressions are recognized no matter the country, color of skin, or economic status. The best way I heal after going through an event (divorce, death of my aunt - she was like a second mama to me, death of my father, losing my job, losing my house...) I try to take care of the ones who need me to be strong. In essence, I stop thinking about myself and try to be helpful to others.
This serves a few purposes: I put my pain on hold for a little while, I feel good about helping someone else, I keep on moving on so I don't wallow in my own pity. If I can take the focus of the pain off myself then I know I will survive it - even if I have to scratch my way out of the abyss with bloody, worn down fingernails.
I mourn and weep and I often allow myself to be in the dark place but they are very short visits.
"Why me?" is a luxury question to which the response is, "Why not me?"
It keeps me humble and I am FROG (Fully Reliant On God)
We all have suffered from emotional pain, and I think everyone has to cope in the ways that best suit their personalities. Some people are very social, so they might do well with therapy or group counseling. Others are more introverted, so a self-help book or writing down their emotions in a journal might be more comforting. As cliche as it may sound, time will heal wounds. As hard as it may be in the moment, placing your trust and faith in God always helps. It seems to me that when it feels like the heaviest of burdens, turning to prayer always seems to lift me up. Take deep breaths, and reflect on what you experienced. I always like to think that things could always be worse, and try to focus my energies on the good in my life. It helps to me to re-focus on what's important. Be happy that although the day or days aren't the best, at least you are still here to experience life! Without sadness, we wouldn't know how good happiness feels!
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