Tips for Coping with Trauma
During times of change, trauma, or stress, it can be difficult to know where to turn. However, it’s important to ensure you don’t neglect your mental and physical health.
With the help of CuraLinc, American Fidelity’s Employee Assistance Program partner, we’ve put together tips to help you through uncertain times.
Reactions to Trauma
Traumatic events can take a large toll on your health. Among the responses we have to trauma are behavioral, emotional, and physical reactions:
- Memory lapses
Coping with Trauma
If you’re experiencing reactions like these, you’re not alone. To help you work through stressors, consider the following tips:
- Find someone you trust. When you’re carrying a burden, it’s important to surround yourself with supportive friends, family, and neighbors who can help. Talk about your experience with those who care.
- Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough rest, keep up your normal routines when possible, and avoid substances that hinder your ability to cope with stressors.
- Acknowledge your feelings and understand that they are normal reactions to grief. Remind yourself there are no right or wrong ways to feel.
- Focus on what you can accomplish. When under stress, everyday things may suddenly feel very overwhelming. Remember to focus on taking tasks one step at a time.
- Find ways to relax. Meditation, focused breathing, and visualization can help you relax and temporarily take you out of a stressful situation.
- Take positive action. No matter how small, positive steps can help you overcome feelings of stress. Whether it’s volunteering, donating, or connecting with others, you may be able to make a big impact on yourself and those around you.
Reach Out for Help
You never have to go through a stressful or traumatic experience alone. Reach out to others for important connections and talk with your employer about assistance services that may be available to you. If your organization has an Employee Assistance Program, you may have access to valuable resources that can provide professional support and guidance year-round.