The effects of trauma can be complicated and step-taking. No methods of treating trauma are ever alike, which is consistent with the theme that every person is biologically different. Adopted from Recovering Emotionally from Disaster the American Psychological Association (APA) shares that “trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical.” Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.”

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Since trauma response can be different for each individual, it is imperative to incorporate self-care strategies toward healing.

Supported by research, some optimum steps to self-care are:

  • Spend time in nature
  • Practice softer exercises
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods
  • Speak to a professional about how you are feeling
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, or drugs
  • Stay hydrated by sipping on purified water throughout the day