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How to Overcome PTSD from Emotional Abuse

Those who have experienced emotional abuse may find that they’re experiencing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are many different circumstances that can cause PTSD, and recovery can feel like an uphill battle. Having said this, recovery is possible and hugely rewarding for sufferers.

If you are living with PTSD, then the good news is that there are a variety of treatments and therapies available that should be able to support you well on your way to recovery. Some will work better for you than others will and, because there’s no one treatment plan that suits every individual, you may find yourself trying different methods before you discover which is most effective for you.

Here are some points to bear in mind as you kickstart your road to recovery.

  • Don’t isolate yourself

You may want to withdraw yourself from others after emotional trauma, but isolating yourself from friends and family can make matters worse. Connecting with people that you trust can aid your healing process. If you can, try to maintain relationships with those who care about you, and try to avoid spending too much time on your own.

You don’t have to talk about your psychological trauma if you’re not ready or willing to, as doing so too early can make matters worse, but communicating your past traumatic events can be beneficial if supported by a mental health professional.

If you feel safe to do so, then try to ask for support. Joining a support group can reduce feelings of isolation, too, and hearing from other survivors can help inspire your recovery.

  • Try exercising

Trauma can affect your body’s natural equilibrium, meaning it can be in a state of hyperarousal and fear. Yet, taking part in regular exercise can be hugely beneficial for your nervous system, because you can burn off adrenaline, and endorphins are readily released.

Try to exercise for thirty or more minutes on most days (or three lots of 10-minute spurts, if that’s easier). Rhythmic exercises that use both your arms and legs are great, and include the likes of running, light jogging, walking and swimming.

  • Empower yourself

Remember that you are a survivor, and that you are strong and capable. Your road to recovery is just around the corner; you have come so far already and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Remember to take part in activities that you enjoy, and remind yourself exactly what you’re good at the end of each day. This is critical for restoring your sense of identity.

  • Turn off your guilt

Many survivors say they feel guilt about wanting to express their opinion, because they’ve been told that their views don’t matter for so long, however this is a toxic means of manipulation and control. Unlearning this can take time, but it’s crucial to know that you are not responsible for the abuse. Your abuser is responsible and no one else.

  • Get a doctor’s referral

You may want to seek professional help to overcome emotional abuse, and this can be a great idea. Don’t see this as a weakness at all, but instead as another step towards liberation from your past. This will help you to work out many of your unsolved feelings and issues from your abusive relationship that have become roadblocks in your life.

It’s time to enjoy and take back control of your life.

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