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10 Ways to Cope with PTSD Anxiety

People may often seem to be unfortunate enough to face traumatic incidents in their lives. Such events leave a scar on an individual’s life and they often find it extremely difficult to cope up with such feelings. They are unknowingly facing PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), a condition potential of having a long-lasting impact on one’s life with symptoms like sleeplessness, lack of focus, anxiety, irritation, and preference to isolation.

Fortunately, prior experience and different methods of testing previously have been known to prevent and cure the effects of PTSD. Therefore, we have grouped together with 10 methods proven to be extremely effective against this condition.

1. Aromatherapy

A technique that works around massaging relaxing aromatic oils like lavender, peppermint over your pulse points or between your eyebrows to promote feelings of relaxation and calm.

It has been discovered from people diagnosed with PTSD that aromatherapy has been crucial in reducing stress levels and that it induced a feeling of well-being and refreshes the mind.

2. Mindfulness and Deep Breaths

Mindfulness has been associated with the idea of being aware of and keeping your mind in the present. To not go wandering in the past and hold onto your dreadful memories. 
It incorporates meditation, sacred words, and practicing your breathing to be able to have wider and more precise control over your thoughts and how you react to your surroundings. Basically, training yourself to be more in control and focusing on your present and a better future.

3. Pets

Pets have been found helpful for the purpose of identifying and aiding to cope up against PTSD symptoms. They can be vital to sense the trigger and act to remove their owner’s attention from the traumatic incident to themselves. Petting them also helps release anxiety and calms the owner.

4. Distracting Yourself

Distraction techniques are vital in preventing PTSD as a diagnosed person, when faced with deep emotion, can apply those to take his mind off that certain emotion or incident and be more in control. These temporary distractions act as a buffer for the strong feeling to no longer be of significance and hence helps the person calm down.

5. Emotional and Physical Exercises

People with symptoms of PTSD involved in physical exercises and honing their emotional stability have reported having better results coping with PTSD. Being involved in physical exercises give these people a reason to focus on themselves and not be stuck in the past while techniques involving controlling their emotions are known to initiate better grip of the diagnosed person on his or her condition. These also work around avoiding emotions that may be triggering to stress like grief, anger and over exhaustion. Overall providing the person a reason to focus on himself and in return releasing stress.

6. Self-Monitoring

Regular monitoring of anything leads to its better maintenance and a better understand of what is beneficial for it and what is now. Similarly, you being a patient of PTSD must monitor yourself to be more aware of yourself and your condition. To be more aware of what exactly triggers your trauma and what helps you feel at ease. Carefully and closely following these symptoms can help you smartly prevent feeling stressed by doing more of what puts your mind at ease and eliminating that which causes u distress.

7. Social Support

It is understandable and very common that people with PTSD look out for isolation. However, it has been observed that support and reliance on someone trustworthy to share their trauma with is definitely paramount to counter and cope up with PTSD with mind-blowing results. The idea is simply that sharing your problems with someone who is there to listen and counsel you would help you feel relaxed and at comfort.

8. Art Therapy

The therapy is a genius approach at coping up with PTSD by involving the patients in the art such as sculpture projects or drawings through which they express their emotions and strategically devised procedures help them leave their traumatic experiences in the past with these art pieces.

9. Muscle Relaxation Technique

These are exercising muscle techniques which require alternate tensing and relaxing of your muscles. Such activity overtime gives you control of how to react when you feel tensed with your anxiety by relaxing your mind which is ultimately learned with connection to relaxing your muscles.

10. Expressive Writing

Finally, speaking your heart out or writing it down to share your experience and feelings is the first step to letting go. Expressing your condition and moving on to the next step of motivating others in a similar situation to help the community overall is the way to put yourself at ease. To let yourself and others around you look at the positivity in life through your expressions is as powerful a redemption to yourself that you can do being diagnosed with PTSD.

With time and consistency, PTSD can be defeated and these 10 ways are your doors to knock at so waste no time and begin your battle against it!

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