Tip to Deal with Depression after Trauma
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8 December 2008
How to Deal with Depression after Trauma
You must talk about your feelings and what you’re going through. But, if you do not feel comfortable sharing your struggles with a family member or friend, seek counselling or join a local support group. Remember, to allow family and friends to help you out.
Make extra efforts to take part in fun activities. Play with children at home or even in the neighbourhood. Try out something new or go back to an old activity you once enjoyed doing and which gave you much happiness.
Start exercising regularly. These energising activities can do a lot for your general health and often help in reducing stress.
Talk to a health professional. Be honest with them and they may be able to recommend special medications or trauma therapy for you.
Give yourself some time to grieve. Rushing the situation through may only make it worse.
Set achievable goals for yourself and stick to a routine. Get an adequate amount of sleep and eat appropriately. After all, these simple things provide stability in life.
Avoid alcohol and drugs. Many people turn to these substances as a way of blocking out confusing emotions. Avoiding your problems however, only increases them.
Maintain a healthy diet. Avoid foods with large amounts of sugar or caffeine. Caffeine releases stress hormones and sugar creates false highs and lows in one’s emotions.