Emotional damage is harder to heal than physical injury. It is unfortunate that the only thing visible is the physical injury when actually; we need more time and strength to recover from the mental damage. People sympathize and show their support more when we are physically injured, however no one notices the mental pains. Your mental recovery will assist your physical recovery too and hence it’s much more important. So here are a few things you can do to recover from emotional trauma.
1. Prioritize self-care
It is essential that you care for yourself first before caring for others. It’s not being selfish, however if you haven’t healed completely, you cannot expect to absorb the support given by others either. You need to look into your soul with honesty and self-love and tell yourself not to settle for less than you deserve. An emotional trauma may bring about bad memories that most people try to forcefully forget. However, what needs to be done is to build a mechanism within you to cope with it. Engage in activities you like such as a sport, listening to music, dancing, charity etc. If you feel like taking a long holiday, do that too. As long as you are happy, it will be easier for you to handle your memories and move forward. You can always ask for help from friends and family or even a GP Crows Nest.
2. Engage in gratitude
Most people crawl into a dark place after a trauma and keep worrying about the things they lost in the past. Rather what needs to be done is to be thankful for the things you have with you right now. At times when you don’t feel worthy, simply look around and be grateful to the roof above your head, the food on the table, the air conditioning and your nail polish. It is simple yet very effective since it changes our outlook of the world.
3. Respect your body
When your body is fit, your mind will be fitter. Daily exercise, a healthy diet and adequate sleep will help you think straight and make correct decisions. Your body may have been through various injuries or differences after a major accident; however you need to accept your flaws. If you need help to literally get back on your feet, you can arrange for some good physio sessions. Also engage in mind exercise such as yoga or meditation so that it affects your healing positively.
4. Build a support network
Humans are designed to be social creatures. Human relationships are a must and when you have been through trauma, the need for human support is larger. Reach out to your friends and family or even find people who have been through the same difficulties.