Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD for short, is not something that is exciting to go through. It is a chronic illness, and it requires extensive management. Many suffer day after day, but there are ways to find bouts of peace through that suffering – even without pharmaceuticals. Here are three tips to help you get started:
Tip #1: Try to Avoid Stressful Situations
Whenever possible, you need to avoid putting yourself in stressful situations. This is particularly true on days when you wake up after having a PTSD-related nightmare. If you are unable to avoid stress for some reason, such as you are leaving town and must go to the airport, then make sure that you have some type of calming mechanism with you. Some people listen to music, while others have homeopathic calming drops.
Tip #2: Indulge in a Form of Art
It is important that you take the pain that you are experiencing and turn it into something beautiful. It is a great way to begin, and continue, your healing process. It helps take your mind off of the traumatic event that you experienced. The form of art that you want to indulge in is up to you. It can be one or two of many things: painting, photography, writing, cooking, gardening, singing, dancing, etc. The important thing is that you make sure that you carve time out of each day for this activity.
Tip #3: Build a Support System
PTSD recovery can be exhausting, overwhelming and isolating. Therefore, it is crucial that you have a support system in place. It doesn't matter how many people make up your support system, even if it is just one single individual, as long as you have someone that you know that you can count on when you need them most.
The key here is that you have someone that you know you can call to confide in and they will be able to comfort you. You also need to know that you can call them day or night and it won't be a problem because PTSD can be triggered at 2 p.m. in the afternoon or 2 a.m.
While the above tips can help you deal with your PTSD without medication, this doesn't mean that you don't need to see a psychiatrist and talk about your problems and potentially get medication to further assist you with your recovery. Every individual and situation is different, so it is important to talk to a medical professional to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Contact a PTSD treatment center for more information and assistance.