How to deal with PTSD on your own?
It is normal to feel frightened, emotionally down, anxious, or depressed sometimes. We all experience this way, especially during a frustrating situation. Normally, after the stressful event is gone, the negative feelings will also be gone.
However, in some instances, some people would continuously experience such negative emotions even after a negative situation. If this happens to you, it is more likely that you developed PTSD.
This mental condition may develop differently from one person to another. This is because everyone has a specific response to a stressful situation.
Some people may experience PTSD for days, while others may have it for months or longer. But one thing is sure, PTSD affects the person’s overall functioning.
Although people have different responses to a stressful event, the symptoms of PTSD are almost the same to all. In most cases, there are four major symptoms:
- The traumatic events linger in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive memories. A person may easily get startled or anxious when reminded of the negative experience.
- Experience avoidance – that is avoiding everything that resembles the experienced traumatic event. In addition, people with PTSD may feel disconnected from other people and hopelessness.
- Hyperactivity or constant hyper-vigilance. A person who has this condition is easily get startled, get irritated, and may engage in the impulsive behavior.
- Moody and have the negative pattern of thinking. Also, a person with PTSD may be unable to concentrate or gain focus when performing a certain task.
PTSD is a serious mental condition. Although professional help is available, in most cases, they are not free. People with PTSD who are in a tight financial situation may find other alternatives to treat the condition. If you are one of them, you might be wondering how to deal with PTSD on your own.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can do to reclaim your life back. In this post, I will share with you the simple tips on how to deal with PTSD on your own.
1. Challenge your negative feelings and thoughts
If you experience PTSD, life can be difficult and depressing. The traumatic experience may hunt you along the way without a sign of letting you go.
The healing process may take longer than expected. You can’t get there overnight. But these should not hinder you from finding your own solution. Believe it or not, there’s so much you can do to eliminate PTSD in your life.
One of the best ways to deal with PTSD is spending time with other people. Volunteering or helping others in your own way can help lessen your inner turmoil. Be happy by challenging your unproductive thoughts.
2. Stay active
Your emotion is partly if not generally shaped by your body. The biological processes intervene your cognitive functioning. What this means is that you can do something to modify your “troubled” mind.
One of the best ways to ease your mind is exercise. A physical exercise is more than just building physical strength; it aids the brain to produce happy hormones.
If you don’t want to go to the gym, you can engage in a more challenging and exciting activity such as martial arts, rock climbing, and boxing.
3. Build a better social connection
Create a bigger social group. This is how to deal with PTSD on your own. Reach out to other people who also have PTSD. Those people will understand you more than those who don’t suffer from the condition.
Your family and friends can also be a good source of hope and aspiration. Share your burden with them. In most cases, your family will be the only people who will never leave you whatever happens. Your family could help you recover from your negative experience.
4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Your health, both physical and psychological is the result of your food intake. The kind of food you’re eating affects not only your body but also your mind.
Treating PTSD naturally may involve eating healthy foods. Green leafy vegetables and fruits can do the difference.
I hope that these simple tips on how to deal with PTSD on your own will help you succeed in reclaiming a healthier life once again.
But in case of extreme condition, when you think you can’t do it on your own, I strongly suggest that you seek a professional help. These tips do not necessarily replace the importance and effectiveness of professional health intervention.
I recognize the fact that these tips may or may not help depending on a person’s way of dealing with stress.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.