three To Do’s for a tragedy
Trauma is an “emotional shock following a stressful event or physical injury.” In our society, it seems like tragedy’s are epidemic and occur in a fashion that hit us all with immense shock. These tragedies can affect us on various levels, mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and/or spiritually. The aftermath trauma care is what is crucial to picking up the broken pieces, and begin the healing and repair process of whatever devastation. Every situation is unique, however there are 3 things that are universal:
1. Be Aware: Take note of the reality of the event that has occurred. Did you just get thrown off your motorcycle but your saying you feel fine? Did you just lose someone near and dear to heart, but still living life as if they are here? Whatever the case of tragedy is for you, be sure that some part of you stays true to what is really going on. Awareness is often the first key step to healing.
2. Forget Yourself: If you are suffering, it is helpful to look beyond your own circumstances. Often there is someone else hurting too, focusing on others can often bring us out of the depths of our own despair. Swami Satchidananda said, “replace the ‘I’ with ‘we’ and illness becomes wellness.” If you have lost a loved one, consider after giving yourself a period of time to grieve, get out there and serve others, perhaps volunteering for a shelter, or start a new cause and raise awareness about an issue you’re passionate about.
3. Check in with Others: Recall from above that wellness is with “we”. If you desire to get well from a trauma you will need others on your team. This maybe a healthcare professional, for either the physical or mental problems of trauma. Ask around for a referral from someone who has used that professional before. Also keep yourself surrounded by others, through a phone call, a visit over a meal, a walk in the park, or any other means so that you don’t become isolated, which keeps us in an illness state.
Unfortunately tragedy’s and trauma’s are a part of the world we live in, however, there is a strength that resides within your heart, you must tap into that, and it can carry you through.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight” ~ Chinese Proverb Quote
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