Trauma and Crisis
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