Coping with Emotional Trauma in RecoveryLearning to deal with negative feelings in a healthy way can support recovery efforts. It can help prevent relapse, reduce stress, and keep you in a more positive frame of mind.
- Therapy: One method of coping is to engage in therapy. A therapist can help you to get to the root of your problems and work through them. It is a safe environment where you can be honest and open.
- Journaling: Writing down your feelings can allow you to clear your mind. Just getting them out of your head and onto paper can help you see them in a different light. Don’t over think – just let the words flow.
- Meditate: Meditation brings your mind into the present. You’re not worrying about what happened before or what might happen. You’re focused on the here and now. It can give you clarity and allow you to see the positives in life.
- Recognize your feelings: Acknowledge that you’re feeling frustrated, sad, angry, or disappointed. Put a name to these feelings and be in the moment. Allow yourself to feel them and then turn things around and try to look for the silver lining. What can you do to change things going forward? What have you learned from this experience?