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Nurse Recovery done your way: Surviving PTSD trauma

Updated: Dec 8, 2023


Nurse Recovery done your way: Surviving PTSD trauma

Recovering from trauma is a long and personal journey.

There is no right or wrong way to heal from PTSD or trauma.

Recovering from PTSD takes commitment, patience, and strength.

Throughout your journey, it is important to celebrate how far you've come and remind yourself that healing is not a linear process. There will be bumps along the way. But with a plan and determination, you will be able to overcome your obstacles and meet your goals.




How to plan for your recovery:


There are usually three stages of recovery that therapists work through to aid trauma recovery.


Being aware of them can help you develop your own healing plan.


The stages include:


1. Creating safety and stability- Feeling physically and emotionally safe is essential to your recovery. Learning to regulate your body and feel safe again after trauma can take time. You may need to re


visit this stage during other stages of recovery.


2. Practice Remembrance and Mourning- It is essential not to skip this step. Avoidance of your trauma and emotions may work in the short term, but in the long term, it will hinder your recovery. Work on resolving your trauma and reconsolidation of old memories to gain closure.


You may need professional support for this stage through talking therapies or EMDR.


3. Reconnection and Integration- Start to look ahead and plan exciting things for your future.



Things to remember during your recovery:


● Healing isn't a competition- It can be uplifting to read other peoples healing stories but make sure you don't compare your journey to theirs.


● Recovery involves your whole self - Remember that you are a whole person and that your trauma doesn't define you.


Stay true to yourself and


your beliefs are you heal from your trauma.


● Post-traumatic growth is possible- After recovery from the trauma, you may feel a new appreciation for life, a deeper connection to others, and a personal strength you didn't think was possible.


● Self-care is so important- Don't listen to those who do not understand.


Make time to rest and take pleasure in your favourite activities without guilt.


● There are always options for more social support- Many people rely on loved ones for support, but there are also support groups that can offer much-needed guidance during difficult times.


● Trauma-informed therapy can help- Seeking professional help if you are experiencing difficulties in your every day will help you recover quicker from your trauma.



Things to add to your recovery plan


Although the items in this list are not guaranteed to cure your PTSD they are positive steps and changes you can make to help you on your healing journey.


● Socialise with friends and family, and don't isolate yourself.


● Don't avoid your memories; face them head-on, and don't be afraid to feel a range of emotions.


● Look after your body- Exercising, eating well, and getting quality sleep is always good advice. Reduce your intake of alcohol


● Keep to your usual routine


● Break big tasks into smaller, more achievable tasks


● Start meditating


● Celebrate the small things in life


 


Reflection


1. What achievement can you celebrate in your trauma recovery?

2. Do you feel safe and secure? What would make you feel safe?

3. What can you add to your recovery plan to make a positive change today?



 


Sources:

https://michaelgquirke.com/recovering-from-complex-ptsd-3-key-stages-of-long-term-healing/

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/trauma-recovery#takeaway

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/ss/slideshow-emotional-trauma-self-care

https://www.deanaman.com/recovering-traumatic-workplace-experience-3-steps-wellness/#:~:text=Take%20Time%20Off,regain%20a%20sense%20of%20normalcy.


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