PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a direct result of any experience which you perceive threatens your life. It is correlated with the human “fight or flight” response. It creates an unreasonable fear of life which often hinders the person from engaging with certain day to day activities. What some see as a normal interaction a person suffering from PTSD can find overwhelming. PTSD in the past was thought to only affect soldiers in military combat. It is now known that it can range from childhood discipline—yelling and spanking to rape, or simply witnessing an accident. Trauma cannot be measured therefore the response to trauma is an individualized experience which carries no one method of treatment.
There is no one cure for PTSD. But there are many ways to cope with it. From my own experience, I recommend trying all techniques in order to find what works best for you. Understanding that no two people carry the same experience and you are not a replica of another PTSD person is important. What may work for one may not work for another so don’t feel despondent when a technique does not work, but instead embrace learning about yourself.
Tune into your internal feelings to understand what will work for you. For example, a person who experienced the trauma of nearly drowning may not find a warm bath soothing. Below are some techniques to try. The key to any technique is to observe how you feel from your gut, not your heart. Go with your gut instinct.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD is a serious condition that affects the three key aspects of a human—the mental, physical and spiritual self. These symptoms can lead to poor performance in all areas of life such as relationships, work, health, creativity, perception of events, etc. Some people turn to alcohol and drug abuse while others end up as victims in abusive situations where they are re-traumatized. However, it should be noted that both feel depression, guilt, and shame, as well as the inability to trust others. The symptoms of PTSD fall into three categories:
Tips for Coping with PTSD
Calm your Mind with Meditation
Relaxation techniques and meditation are becoming increasingly popular to help people manage a variety of disorders. This type of therapy helps people to understand and embrace their authenticity. It cultivates a mind of clarity creating a more balanced way of thinking. The key to any meditation is not to get rid of what makes you feel uncomfortable and replace it with comfort. This is not meditation at all. Instead, meditation is to embrace the discomfort and move through it instead of running away from it. If in fact you are looking for good feelings only, then meditation may not work for you. If you are replacing bad thoughts with good thoughts this is more hypnosis. Embracing yourself in totality is fearful at first because we are all taught self-hate. But determination and willpower can move you through these challenges. The techniques used may vary but they are designed to bring acceptance of self. Only with acceptance of self can self-love bloom.
Another type of PTSD treatment that has risen in popularity over the past few years is art therapy. These classes are led by specialists who are trained to work with people who have gone through traumatic experiences. Art Therapy is especially good for younger children and teenagers. It is a great technique for introverts. The activities in these art therapy sessions promote better coping mechanisms and awareness. Painting or sculpting activates present moment awareness which promotes better energy flow within the body thus reducing stress levels and improving overall health. When stress levels are low clarity of mind can prevail.
Change Your Lifestyle
Adopting a healthier lifestyle helps people with PTSD. It encourages the person to take care of themselves and develop healthy habits. Results of a healthier lifestyle can be felt almost immediately. Some changes one can adopt include taking time to relax, avoiding substances like alcohol and drugs, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients, and getting enough sleep at night.
Physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain overall health. Low level exercise is just as good as high-level impact exercise. Be kind to your body. Do not over exert yourself or put undue pressure to reach unrealistic goals. This will only exacerbate PTSD. Many people with PTSD share that finding a physical activity that they enjoy and can do regularly has helped to reduce their stress levels significantly. Some activities to consider are swimming, yoga, running, boxing, or hiking. Adding physical activity is a great way to promote healing.
Find a Guide Who Understands Both Trauma and Meditation
Ashta Ashram under the guidance of Guru Ashta-deb is a place where people with PTSD can seek effective treatment. Guru Ashta-deb is an Intuitive Empath Healer specializing in subconscious awareness. The root of our suffering lies in our subconscious mind. Ashta-deb has the ability to feel your suffering and connect you to the root cause of that suffering. This creates a lasting transformation. The methods she uses to help alleviate PTSD symptoms include meditation, self-awareness teaching and yoga nidra. Guru Ashta-deb has spent years sharing her wisdom and teachings to those who seek personal guidance.
Ashta-deb is dedicated to sharing the insights she gained from first-hand experience with PTSD and dealing with early childhood trauma. She shares her life story in her memoir, Life Happens to Us: A True Story. It is a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand their true potential.
Why trust Ashta-deb to help you? Having experienced PTSD herself she can intimately understand and give guidance to those who feel lost in the world of trauma. She has brought clarity and awareness to many. Her testimonials (www.AshtaAshram.com) speak volumes about her ability to help others. She has helped people step out of their comfort zone, so they can not only embrace the fear that kept them in the comfort zone but also to understand and accept themselves. Her guidance promotes a transformational, everlasting change as opposed to a brief mediocre happiness at best.
PTSD no longer needs to be something to fear or be ashamed of. Get PTSD coping strategies today by registering for a membership on her web site, or sign up for upcoming retreats, workshops, and seminars. Ashta-deb looks forward to supporting you on your journey.