Healthy Living

Social Coping Strategies

Sharing your experience with others can be challenging. Not only can it be hard to talk with people about the traumatic event, but it can be even more difficult to describe to others a few of the symptoms you have been experiencing after the event.

 

Educate Yourself and Others

People battling PTSD often do so in isolation, finding it difficult to reach out. Furthermore, they may not even realize that they were struggling with PTSD until the symptoms are uncontrollable. In addition to educating yourself on the symptoms and treatment, it is necessary to seek out safe people to connect with who can help you in your recovery journey. 

 

Spend Time With People

Typically people with PTSD shy away from people, retreat, and withdraw. Anxiety, fears, frustration, anger, confusion, and the feeling of being overpowered are some of the reasons suggesting why it might feel better to stay isolated than to be around people.

Spend time with supportive friends and family. This can make a major difference in your outlook and mood.

Always remember that if you are sharing space with family or friends, it is likely they already notice you struggling. Often times, people don’t know how to help or are afraid to say something for fear of aggravating the condition. It can be helpful for everyone—both you and your loved ones to have time to spend together. Spending time with others can include things like:

Talking on the phone

Going for a walk

Have morning coffee

Playing a card game

Sharing funny stories