Remember that you are a survivor!
Be patient with yourself in your recovery and try to avoid telling yourself that you “should” be over this by now. Everyone processes and moves through traumatic experiences at their own pace and in their own way. Give yourself time and know that you are right where you need to be in terms of overcoming what has happened to you.
Self-care is a significant part of the healing process and is something that does not always come naturally to all of us. Be kind and gentle with yourself by incorporating self-care activities into your daily routine.
Physical self-care is important.
- Make sure you are eating, sleeping, and exercising appropriately.
- Be sure to seek out medical care if needed.
Emotional self-care may be different for each person, so spend some time thinking about what you need.
- Counseling and professional support during this time can be helpful.
- Journaling can help some individuals put words to how they are feeling and process their emotions. It can be a good way of managing the range of emotions that may come up after the incident.
- Meditation and relaxation skills can also be helpful in reducing anxiety and feeling more “centered.”
- Talking to supportive friends and family members and spending time with loved ones can be beneficial.
- Joining a support group or therapy group on campus or in the community can also help.
- Spending time doing things that you like to do is an important aspect of self-care. Think about your hobbies or activities you enjoy and make time for them during your week.