Trauma and Crisis
Student Wellness Center
Longbrake Student Wellness Center
570 E. Wayne Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691
Traumatic events can touch all of our lives. Trauma is also very relative to our experience. A crisis is defined as a period of intense difficulty, trouble or danger. Our bodies tend to respond to such events with “fight or flight.” It can create a lot of different emotions and linger affects for the survivor, whether it be the loss of a loved one, being victimized in some way, or experiencing a natural disaster. This can be referred to as post-traumatic stress. This does not mean that it will become pervasive or keep you from functioning, but there are some things to be prepared for:
You may feel emotionally:
- Anxious or fearful
- Overwhelmed by sadness
- Guilty, even when you had no control
- Heroic, like you can do anything
- Like you have too much energy or none at all
- Numb, unable to feel either joy or sadness
You may also have physical reactions:
- Having stomachaches
- Having headaches or physical pains for no reason
- Eating too much or too little
- Sweating or having chills
- Being jumpy or easily startled.
Here are a few things that can help:
- Talk with someone. Connecting with others who accept and understand you feelings is the best way to help yourself.
- Move your body. It is the next best way to reduce stress.
- Meditate and listen to music timed to your breathing.
- Promote physical care by eating healthy meals and snacks, getting enough rest, and drinking plenty of water
- Reestablish routines. Get back doing things that you would normally do every day. This will help you regain a sense of control over your life.
- Knowing that it’s ok to celebrate and have moments of joy after a trauma.
- Try not to let thoughts about the trauma take over your thinking. If you are having a hard time making sense of what happened, seek out counsel of someone you trust
*Taken from SAMSHA