Due to Hurricane Harvey and Irma many people have been traumatized. This is the seventh in a series of articles Reach Out Recovery will be publishing to help our readers deal with their trauma. The articles will cover what is trauma, the symptoms, physical responses to trauma, and tips to help you recover.
Tip 5: Reach out to others
You may be tempted to withdraw from friends and social activities following a traumatic event, but connecting face to face with other people is vital to recovery. The simple act of talking face to face with another human can trigger hormones that relieve traumatic stress. Even just a brief exchange of kind words or a friendly look from another human being can help calm your nervous system.
- Reaching out to others doesn’t necessarily mean talking about the traumatic event. Comfort comes from feeling connected and involved with others you trust.
- Do “normal” things with friends and loved ones, things that have nothing to do with the event that triggered your traumatic stress.
- If you live alone or your social network is limited, it’s never too late to reach out to others and make new friends.
- Take advantage of support groups, church gatherings, and community organizations. Join a sports team or hobby club to meet people with similar interests.
Content Originally Published By: Helpguide.org
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