Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?

Motor vehicle accident? Sexual assault? Intimate partner or family violence? Those are seriously traumatic events!
Every day, we have clients who have experienced a variety of traumatic events and each one struggles in their own way to deal with the aftermath of those events. Just as it takes time to clear the rubble and damage after a natural disaster, it takes time to recover emotionally to rebuild lives after a traumatic event.
If you, or someone you know, struggle with the emotional aftermath of a traumatic event, there are some specific things that can help them recover.
Understand that experiencing a traumatic event may destroy your sense of security and make you feel helpless and vulnerable. It’s very normal to have these anxious and even scary feelings about what’s to come. It’s important not to ignore those feelings, as it will slow the healing process. Even intense feelings will pass if you allow yourself to feel what you feel. Of course it’s painful, but you will feel better afterwards.
People react to traumatic events in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to think, feel or respond to these feelings. Accept that your feelings are your feelings which may be different than other people’s.
Try not to think obsessively about the event as that tends to overwhelm your entire nervous system and makes it difficult to think and act clearly.  Divert your attention to positive things- prayer, meditation, listening to quiet music, reading, spending time with positive people, or volunteering to help those who are hurting and healing as well.
For many, we find that “talking it out” helps people heal more quickly. As difficult as it may be to talk about your feelings, getting those feelings out is critical to healing. We also find that using art, journaling and other creative means helps many clients express and deal with their feelings.
If you are struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues, it is best to seek professional help with a calm and caring person.
Remember the motto-- Love should never hurt- ever! If you are hurting- seek help and guidance. I promise- you are not alone.

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