Following a Trauma

Some things to do that may help following a trauma:

  • try to return to your usual routine

  • try to get 8 hours of sleep per night

  • eat well balanced meals at regular times

  • avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary foods

  • drink water

  • physical activity  (physical exercise carries undisputable benefits, however, consult with your health professional to make sure you do not overextend yourself)

  • relax - spend time with the people you love or feel comfortable with , in a place that makes you happy

  • ask for support

  • it’s important to talk about your feelings and ask for the help you need;  turn to a trusted family member, friend, counsellor, or clergy

  • make an effort to participate in social activities that promote your well-being

  • do “normal” things with other people, things that have nothing to do with the traumatic experience; if you’ve retreated from relationships that were once important to you, make the effort to reconnect.

  • join a support group;being with others who are facing the same problems can help reduce your sense of isolation and hearing how others cope can help inspire you

  • pace yourself – learn to say NO

  • don’t make any big life changes or decisions, immediately following a crisis, unless they are aimed at improving your personal safety

  • ask for help if things seem overwhelming

Safety planning to reduce the risk of being re-victimized

If you have ongoing concerns for your safety, planning can be provided with the Victim Support Unit along with our Community Partners, including the Supportlink program of Ottawa Victim Services, to develop a personalized safety plan. Please contact our unit for your safety concerns.

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