PTSD is what people like to call an ‘invisible illness.’ Except, it’s not completely invisible. When you’re living with PTSD or with someone who has this problem, you will see it in your daily life—and it’s not just for military veterans.
Victims of rape, physical or mental abuse, and even severe bullying can all have a diagnosis of PTSD.
It may only be a firework, a crowded room, or someone yelling to some, but to others, it may set off a wild bout of anxiety and panic attacks. Whether you are someone who is coping with PTSD or love someone with this diagnosis, it is important to know how to handle it on a daily basis.
We’re going to take a quick look at a few tried and true methods of coping with this problem. Keep reading for more information!
1. Physical Exertion
Everyone knows that exercise is great for losing weight. However, it is also great for the mind and even to ease physical pain. This is because working out or any type of physical exertion releases endorphins.
These ‘feel good’ hormones allow you to feel good during and immediately after a sweat session. However, the feel-good sensation doesn’t end right after a workout—it is known to reduce depression and anxiety on a daily basis.
2. Practicing Mindfulness
If getting to the gym isn’t one of your priorities, mindfulness might be more enjoyable. This can actually be done from your bed, but it is usually advised to practice it on the floor or a yoga mat.
Mindfulness can be seen as the practice of being in the moment. You might notice the cool air as you inhale and the warmth of your breath as you exhale. You also might notice the cloth of your shirt or the cushion of your seat.
This practice can be done anywhere. It’s often paired with meditation, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. It is usually seen as a more spiritual component of daily life, but it can be useful no matter your religious background. SOF Missions offers veterans materials on this matter.
3. Service Animals
You’ve probably seen the ‘fake’ service animals that are really ’emotional support’ animals. However, PTSD is a documentable diagnosis that can allow you to claim a service animal.
These service animals are protected by the ADA and can go anywhere you do. If you don’t necessarily want a service animal, at least consider getting a furry friend. It is shown that petting a dog or cat can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Coping With PTSD: Not Easy, Not Impossible
If you are familiar with coping with PTSD, you already know that life is a bit more difficult most days. The good thing is, this diagnosis is treatable.
Taking the time to take care of yourself will go far in how well you handle stressful and anxiety-inducing situations. A hot bath, long run, or loving on Fido may make a world of difference.
Should you want to try a more traditional approach to your PTSD, check out this blog on therapy!