Post-traumatic stress disorder can be horrible to live with and not everyone can understand what you’re going through. An episode can occur at any time and ruin your day. It can affect your career, your relationships, and your overall quality of life.
Thankfully, there are ways to help you cope and reduce the amount of episodes you may have. In addition to seeing a psychologist or a counsellor to help you cope, there are other ways to help you as well. These mechanisms are easy to perform, yet may help you with your PTSD.
Exercising is nature’s way to help your physical and mental health. When you work out, your brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Plus, you can use an intense workout to let out any emotions you have when it comes to your PTSD.
You don’t need a gym membership or be a star athlete to reap the benefits of exercise. Try doing a few exercises at home, or take a walk. Start small, and increase the intensity along the way. While it won’t cure your PTSD, it can help with the symptoms. Let out your feelings as you work out.
Having a furry companion can help you cope. A purring kitty can relieve stress, and a dog may be able to comfort you whenever you’re having an episode. If you are diagnosed with PTSD, you may be able to bring a service animal with you. Service dogs are allowed in most businesses or homes that don’t allow pets. Look into it. Even if you say you’re not much of a pet person, you may change your mind once you see all the benefits of owning a dog or a cat. You’ll discover a furry friend who needs you as much as you need them.
You don’t need to be an amazing artist to get benefits from art therapy. Art therapy involves expressing your emotions through some form of art, be it painting, sculpting, or anything else. You can even create art in a video game such as Minecraft. Also, writing is an art, so you can create some form of diary and express how you’re feeling each day. Some of the best art is created by some of the most troubled people, and you may surprised at how good of an artist you are. Try different outlets. If none are for you, then you tried. However, you may realise you can find an outlet that does work for you.
Practicing mindfulness techniques can help you with your PTSD. Mindfulness involves being aware of the present and yourself. Despite most of us thinking we are, mindfulness is not obtained by very many. Look into resources that teach how to be more mindful, or take a class. Again, it’s not a magic cure, but it can help you monitor your body and possibly detect when an episode is coming. Look into the concept, and you’ll be surprised what it can do for you.
Seek Support Groups
One of the best ways to cope with a disorder is to find a group of people who are going through the same thing. There may be a group in your town that can help you to cope, or an online forum you can participate in. People can teach you their own coping strategies, and you can seek support whenever you feel an episode coming.
PTSD can be debilitating, but by fighting back, you can be able to take control of your life. Practice these techniques and see what they can do.
This guest post was written by Marie Miguel. Marie has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics.
Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.