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Monthly Archives: January 2013
It is very important to stay ‘grounded.’ If you are feeling disoriented, confused, upset and/or in disbelief, do SE exercises:
We are resilient, able to recuperate from horrendous traumas. When we open ourselves to healing, we are transformed by our traumas.
Observe what’s happening in your body without judgment, our body has the innate ability to regain its balance if we give it time.
Symptoms can be very diverse. They can be stable, or come and go. They can occur in clusters. Watch your nervous system.
Nervous system recuperates by discharging; trembling, shaking/sweating, body warmth, stomach gurgling, breathing deeply, crying/laughing
Some old unresolved traumas may get re-triggered. Sense of safety/trust may get shaken. Remind of your name/age and today’s date and place.
Difficulty sleeping, eating salty/sweet food, use alcohol/drugs are symptoms. Be aware and accept you are deeply upset; it will pass.
Reactions to trauma are fast heartbeat, cold skin, difficulty breathing, high blood pressure, stomachache, muscles tremors, racing thoughts.
Traumatized children are ‘clingy’ have nightmares, stomachaches, headaches.This is normal if it doesn’t last too long.Reassure/protect them.
Traumatized people feel suspicious, paranoid, angry and want to engage in antisocial acts. Talk to friends to avoid such actions.
Traumatized people feel agitated, anxious, vigilant, irritated, emotional. Engage in activities with family members/friends for calming.
Traumatized people feel uncertain, helpless, confused, forgetful, depressed, exhausted, withdrawn; all are normal if they don’t last long.
Some traumatized people will be in shock, stunned and dissociated.They may feel disoriented in time/place, and in their body. They may feel numb.
People can have different reactions to trauma.First we feel shock, then denial, anger and depression before we move to grief and acceptance.
Stay active and volunteer in hospitals; give blood; send money; listen to traumatized friends and family without judgment;#traumahealing
Feelings are not actions. Make sure you chose to take productive actions #traumahealing http://ow.ly/gBYGo
Don’t tell stories in repetitive way which deepens the trauma; support each other but with interruptions of the story beginning to end. http://ow.ly/gBXnR
Refocus your resources, feel calmer, stronger and grounded. Refocus support systems, people, activities or places; keep your mind…
Keep busy and have as structured a schedule as possible to help you stay grounded.#trauma healing. http://ow.ly/gBWfR
Get the information about traumatic events ASAP;watch the news and then turn off the TV for a while. Return every two hours for more details
Do not get hooked on repetitive traumatic images which keep us glued to the screen, even if it makes us feel worse after. Resist the pull to watch.
Emotional First Aid gives information on how to help yourself, family and friends respond to witnessing or living through traumatic…
Write down your sensations, feelings, thoughts, which help discharge anxiety, regain control; rest and do not run on adrenaline and exhaust your body. http://ow.ly/gBX0k
Seek professional help if your reaction to trauma feels too strong to handle on your own. It doesn’t mean you are crazy or weak. http://ow.ly/gBW5t
Support of loved ones helps us cope with trauma; validate your feelings; there is no right or wrong reaction to shocking events. http://ow.ly/gBVAZ
Don’t be isolated; organize/meet in groups in neighborhoods, religious centers; get together with family/friends; support each other.
Traumatic events challenge our sense of safety and may trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. These reactions are normal