How Changing Your Lifestyle Could Help PTSD

Posted by | January 27, 2015 | PTSD | No Comments

If you have PTSD, making changes to your lifestyle could help reduce your symptoms. Here are some positives steps you can take to deal with PTSD:

Reach out to other survivors:

PTSD survivors’ organizations, including Veterans organizations, can be a source of support from people who understand what you’re going through. Knowing that someone else has the same thoughts and emotions can help you break through the feeling of isolation that PTSD causes.

Exercise:

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Walking, jogging, swimming, lifting, all can distract you from painful memories and feelings. Moreover, exercise helps build self-esteem and confidence.

Change surroundings:

Living in a high-crime area can aggravate anxieties caused by PTSD. If possible, move to a safer area, and try to challenge your worries about imminent dangers.

Volunteer:

Most people want to feel like they play an important role in their communities. Especially if you do not have a job right now, volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and connection. Some possible activities include youth programs, health services, sports clubs, and house building.

Avoid drugs and alcohol:

Intoxicants often worsen the symptoms of PTSD, though survivors sometimes turn to them as a way to block their pain. This relief is temporary, and ultimately alcohol and drugs impede proper PTSD treatment.

Focus on the people already in your life:

Try to deepen a relationship with someone you already know, like your child, your partner or a friend. You will feel more connected and less isolated.

Do you or a loved one suffer from PTSD? Check out the Segal Institute blog for more information and consider joining one of our clinical research opportunities.

Source: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-ptsd-lifestyle-changes.asp

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