Self Care When You Have PTSD

This is a good article by (PTSD expert). Devote time to self care, do things that bring you joy each day, be gentle on yourself and create an environment that is supportive to your recovery.
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It can be very stressful to experience and have to manage the symptoms of PTSD. They can take quite a toll on many aspects of your daily life. Considering the amount of time that may be regularly devoted to managing your symptoms of PTSD, other areas of your life may get less attention. One such area is self-care. Poor self-care can have a major impact on your mental and physical health. Given this, it is important to take time to devote to self-care. This article provides some coping skills that may help you improve your self-care.

Increasing Self-Compassion

A lack of self-compassion can have a huge impact on self-care and recovery from PTSD. A lack of self-compassion may decrease motivation to continue through those difficult moments in treatment. It may increase feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A lack of self-compassion can also bring about strong feelings of shame, which may lead you to not adequately care for yourself. In fact, low self-compassion may increase the likelihood that you engage in self-destructive or punishing behaviors, such as self-injury. Self-compassion can be difficult to increase; however, it is very important to do so and is a major part of good self-care. This article provides some strategies for fostering a stronger sense of self-compassion.More »

Increasing Your Contact with Positive Activities

When people are not taking adequate care of themselves, they may be more likely to isolate or avoid activities that they used to enjoy. Not surprisingly, this can have a major impact on a person’s mood, further increasing the desire to avoid and isolate. Part of taking good care of yourself is making sure you stay active and in touch with activities and relationships that you enjoy and find rewarding. One way to do this is through behavioral activation. This article takes you through a series of steps that will help you increase the number of positive activities that you engage in on a daily basis. More »

Improving Your Self-Esteem Through Self-Supportive Statements

Many people with PTSD may suffer from low self-esteem. The symptoms of PTSD can be very difficult to cope with. In addition, many people with PTSD also experience other difficulties, such as depression. Due to these difficulties, people with PTSD may experience negative thoughts about themselves, resulting in low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. Therefore, it is very important to learn how to catch these thoughts and combat them with positive thoughts. In doing so, you can serve as your own source of social support. More »

Coping with Sleep Problems

Getting enough sleep is a major part of increasing your self-care. Getting adequate sleep can have a major effect on your mood, energy, ability to problem-solve and think clearly, and physical health. Unfortunately, many people with PTSD experience significant problems with sleeping. This article presents some basic coping strategies that may help improve your sleep. More »

Self-Care and Your Emotional Health

Although we may not think much about it, exercise, our diet, and the amount of sleep we get are all very important aspects of self-care, and self-care is incredibly important to our emotional health. A major effect of poor self-care is that it can “muddy” or “cloud” our emotions. When we are tired, hungry, overly stressed out, or in bad physical shape, we may be more reactive or have stronger emotions. There are a number of ways to improve self-care and reduce the occurrence of cloudy emotions. Some activities that can help you improve your self-care (and your emotional health) are described in this article. More »

Self-Soothing Coping Strategies

Uncomfortable and stressful emotions are common among people with PTSD. Many of these emotions (shame, anger, guilt) can be particularly difficult to sit with. Self-soothing coping strategies can be particularly helpful for these emotions, as they are focused on caring for yourself and treating yourself in a compassionate manner. Effective self-soothing coping strategies may be those that involve one or more of the five senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound). Learn some examples of self-soothing strategies for each sense. This article presents some common self-soothing coping strategies that may be particularly helpful for someone with PTSD. More »

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