HELPFUL COPING STRATEGIES (for Trauma):

  • mobilize support system -- reach out and connect with others, especially those who may have shared the stressful event
  • talk about the traumatic experience
  • cry
  • hard exercise like jogging, aerobics, bicycling, walking
  • relaxation exercise like yoga, stretching, massage
  • humor
  • prayer and/or meditation
  • hot baths
  • music and art
  • maintain balanced diet and sleep cycle as much as possible
  • avoid overusing stimulants like caffeine, sugar, nicotine
  • committment to something personally meaningful and important every day
  • hug those you love: hugging releases endogenous opioids, the body's natural pain-killer -- now you know why it can feel so good!
  • eat warm turkey, boiled onions, baked potatoes, cream-based soups -- these warm foods are tryptophane activators which help you feel tired but good (like after Thanksgiving dinner)
  • pro-active response toward personal/community safety: organize or do something socially active
  • write about your experience -- in detail, just for yourself or to share with others

The above is from The Trauma Response by Dr. Patti Levin orginally at http://www.trauma-pages.com/t-facts.htm . The full page is also located on our site at http://www.sasian.org/trauma/traumaresponse.htm

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